in reply to a regular expression question
i know the netgroup file i'm processing probably doesn't have 3 spaces before the first comma, what if it does?
i thought regular expression matches the short possible pattern, not the longest, am i wrong?
As toolic mentioned, the .* construct is greedy and tries to get the longest match. If you turn it into .*?, it then looks for the shortest match. If you read the link he provided, you could verify that yourself.
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