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Re: parenthesised regular expressions and non-greedy operator ? - non st

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: parenthesised regular expressions and non-greedy operator ? - non standard bash behaviour
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 15:23:43 -0500
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On 12/1/17 12:40 PM, address@hidden wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.4
> Patch Level: 12
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>   I'm sanitising urls from advertisement crap. As described below I'm getting 
> a wrong resolution of parenthesised expression defined with non-greedy 
> operator '?'.
>   The test url is: 
> http://toolbox.contentspread.net/container/medimops/track/xxxxxxxxxx.dyn?csRdu=https://www.medimops.de/?anid=M9999999999&cl=details&wdm=M9999999999&utm_source=CRM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OS
>   The regular expression is: 
> https?:\/\/toolbox.contentspread.net\/(.*?)=(.+?)&.*

The Bash =~ operator uses Posix extended regexps (EREs) as defined in
There's no concept of a `non-greedy' operator
in the Posix ERE definition.


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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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