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Re: Fancy split - simple regexp problem

From: Tim Landscheidt
Subject: Re: Fancy split - simple regexp problem
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:08:00 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Štěpán Němec <> wrote:

>> Don't get me wrong, fundamentally I'm with you on that it
>> constitutes what in MySQL would be called a "gotcha" - some-
>> thing totally unexpected, yet somewhere documented.

> No it's not documented (definitely not clearly and not enough, which is
> really the same as not at all), see my bug report.

It is, cf. the docstring for re-search-backward.

>>   But I disagree with you to consider this a *bug*, as it
>> *is* documented and it is logistically impossible to change
>> Emacs' behaviour in this regard without assessing whether
>> this breaks potentially quazillions lines of code. And I
>> don't think that the developers consider it a bug either.

> That's ridiculous. Are you saying that making _backward_ regexp search
> _really_ do backward, not forward matching is going to break
> "quazillions lines of code"? Not that I really care, but I very much
> doubt that. What's much more likely is that it would _fix_ both known
> and unknown breakages and unexpected behaviours, such as the one that
> started this thread.

No, I haven't said that it is going to break them, but that
it has the potential to do so.

> Anyway, if you want to continue arguing about this please use the bug
> thread.

I don't want to continue and not to be misquoted.


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