2017-08-30 17:50 GMT+02:00 Roberto Ierusalimschy <email@example.com
>> An old issue on this list  was settled in Lua 5.3.3.
>> Up to Lua 5.3.2, string.gmatch and string.gsub had Perl semantics when
>> the pattern couild match an empty string; from Lua 5.3.3 onwards, they
>> have Python semantics.
>> Although mentioned in a list of changes , the manual itself does
>> not document the change in behaviour (the old behaviour was not
>> considered to be a bug).
> Lua uses the same manual for all releases of a version, so the current
> manual is for Lua 5.3, not for Lua 5.3.3. The next version (5.4) will
> have this new behaviour documented, provided we find a good way to
> explain it. Suggestions?
can match the empty string but always matches the longest
possible sequence, it will not match the empty string at a position
adjacent to the most recent match.