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You're claiming $1 is "empty" until the the capture has completed. I'm pointing that the in the case of the OP, said first capture has completed.

I guess that the quotes around ‘empty’ are to point out that, besides the unusual choice of word (in place of ‘undefined’), it's not true—sorry, I'll correct that.

I agree that Hena's second solution doesn't suffer from the problem that I mentioned; but the post particularly asks for a single-regex solution, and I was just mentioning why the obvious substitute, /\+([0-9]+)[$bases]{$1}/, for the non-working regex /\+([0-9]+)[$bases]{\1}/, doesn't work. (Nobody suggested it anyway, so I guess it was pretty unclear what I was talking about.)

No, I don't. The current regexp-engine isn't re-entrant.

Yes, which is why I thought that the final word in “the regexp engine was no longer recursive” might be ‘re-entrant’. :-) (I don't know enough history to know whether it ever was re-entrant, so, for all I knew, the grammar was correct.) I was particularly confused because Perl 5.10 newly allows for recursive regexes, which I confused with the regex engine itself being recursive; but ikegami clarified.

In reply to Re^5: Regex fun by JadeNB
in thread Regex fun by Hena

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