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I played around with your code (well, actually I used Stephens's code for simplicity) and found a solution that amazed me: If you add 'o' to the regex operators (making it '/ego') everything works as expected. Here's my code:
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; print doFunc("MAIN", "B(1)+C(2)") . "\n"; sub doFunc { my ($theFunc, $rem) = @_; my $re = &get_re($rem); $rem =~ s/(\w+)\(($re)\)/&doFunc($1,$2)/eog; return "func $theFunc returns <$rem>"; } ## ### When we're called with the initial ### state, return "1|2". Otherwise, return ### our input, quotemeta'd. ### sub get_re { my ($in) = @_; if ($in eq "B(1)+C(2)") { return '1|2'; } else { return quotemeta ($in); } } exit (0);
Sorry that I can't tell you why perl is behaving like this. '/o' shouldn't change the behavior at all (at least that's what I though) and $re doesn't change either.. Maybe perl messes up the namespaces when doing recursive calls using a regex? I really don't know..

By the way: When I'm not using the '/o' operator and trying to print to STDERR just before the regex is executed my perl (5.6.1, linux 2.4.2) coredumps on me..

Regards, -octo-

In reply to Re: recursive /eg fails by flocto
in thread recursive /eg fails by I0

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