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hmm, Just notice that, thanks..

I think, .* and .{0,} at the beginning of a regex pattern shold have been treated as optional, so that /.*A/ and /.{0,}A/ should be the same as /A/ which means .* and .{0,} are completely unnecessary in the above patterns..

But \z looks behave very differently to .* and .{0,} as you mentioned.

This looks like a Perl-related problem, PHP(use a similar regex engine) does it pretty well:
php -r ' $str = "foo\n"; if (preg_match("/.*\z/", $str)) { print "match\n"; } ' match
Probably it's a bug, and I am waiting for someone to make it clear. :-)

Regards,
Xicheng

In reply to Re^4: Strange regex to test for newlines: /.*\z/ by xicheng
in thread Strange regex to test for newlines: /.*\z/ by betterworld

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