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Re: Bizarreness in ?PATTERN? and g

by integral (Hermit)
on Jun 04, 2004 at 15:37 UTC ( #360948=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Bizarreness in ?PATTERN? and g

As has already been said a match in scalar context with /g doesn't 'reset' pos() so that the next match with /g on that variable will start from that position.

The key error in your understanding is that "they're two completely separate regexen". They're not because they're connected by pos() since they have /g.

In first examples using ?? work just the same as the latter case with m// with the once-only nature of ?? just being an additional constraint. ?? works exactly like m// with regards to setting pos() and starting from pos() in scalar context with /g.

So the key point is that the position of the last match is being carried over between the statements, which you weren't expecting.

integral, resident of freenode's #perl

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