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On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM, Dirk Laurie <> wrote:
> 2012/1/14 Duncan Cross <>:
>> Hi List,
>> I recently had a case where I wanted to find the maximum and minimum
>> number of characters that can be matched by a given Lua string
>> pattern, as used by string.match() etc.
>> I couldn't find any existing implementation, so here's mine. It's
>> pretty simple, but I'd be interested to know if anyone can see a case
>> that it would give the wrong answer for, or any other critique.
>    p=".-."
>    print(patternsize(p))
> 1       nil

Ah. Yes. When "non-greedy" becomes "eternally-starving".