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On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM, Bernd Eggink <> wrote:
> Hi experts,
> can anybody explain the following:
>     s = "/one/two/three"
>     print(s:match("/.-$"))   --> /one/two/three
> Shouldn't the result be "/three"? To me it seems clear that "three" is the
> shortest character sequence between '/' and the end of the string.

String patterns have one overarching goal: find the first match.

The ".-" element has a local goal of finding the shortest match, but
this goal is less important than the first-match goal.