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- Subject: gsub bug? 2 results from anchored gsub
- From: Daurnimator <quae@...>
- Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:40:46 +1000
I want to ensure that a string always ends in a single "/".
If it has more than one, the extras should be removed
If it has none, a "/" should be appended.
"/*$" should match all the '/' at the end of the string, and replace
them with a single "/".
I got an unexpected result:
> ("d//"):gsub("/*$", "/")
This result suggests that there is an empty string being matched
between the last "/" and the end of the string.
It's matching the // and replacing that with "/"; but then it gets
confused and matches the empty string at the end, and ends up
inserting an extra /
Using 'print' as the match confirms:
> ("d//"):gsub("/*$", print)
Is this a bug in string.gsub?
It seems odd to me that you could get 2 replacements for an anchored match.
Though as far as I can see, a strict reading of the manual doesn't disallow it.