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- Subject: Re: Pattern matching proposal: %B to match balanced string with specified escape
- From: Matthew Wild <mwild1@...>
- Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:42:45 +0000
On 11 January 2016 at 21:06, Jonathan Goble <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 6:35 AM, Roberto Ierusalimschy
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> > My suggestion is to add the token %B, which would perform the same
>>> > thing as %b, except it would recognize an escape character specified
>>> > in the arguments to the token, and upon encountering the escape
>>> > character, the following character would be ignored. I doubt it would
>>> > handle all use cases, but it almost certainly would handle a large
>>> > percentage.
>>> Roberto? Luiz? I'm interested in hearing your "official" opinions on
>>> this proposal.
>> We don't have any "official" opinion about that.
> OK. But what are the chances of this being added to stock Lua in the
> next version?
Based on the number of patches enthusiastically posted to this list,
and the number that ever get in - I'd say the answer is "very low".
I'm glad it is that way, or Lua would be Python. It doesn't mean your
patch isn't useful, or clever. Personally almost every time I use %b,
I wish it had a way to handle escaping. But Lua simply isn't an