Bug 8253 - Perl regexp engine broken with m//x
Perl regexp engine broken with m//x
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: perl (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
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Reported: 2000-01-06 21:47 EST by Adam Spiers
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-04-27 07:12:25 EDT
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Description Adam Spiers 2000-01-06 21:47:32 EST
perl -wle '"foo" =~ /(?-x:.*) /x or die "huh?!"'

dies under the perl-5.00503-6 RPM which comes with RedHat 6.1.
It shouldn't, and I'm reliably informed that it doesn't on
all recent Perls installed fresh from .tar.gz.

I marked this as high severity because the Perl regexp engine
is crucial to many things.

Incidentally, there really should be some sort of HTTP redirect
from http://developer.redhat.com/bugzilla/ to the new URL, since
all your RPMs are packaged with this old URL!
Comment 1 Adam Spiers 2000-04-25 18:32:59 EDT
This is still not fixed in 6.2.  Please attend to this, as it is
quite a severe problem, and has not even been looked at since I
submitted it 3.5 months ago.
Comment 2 Anonymous 2000-04-27 07:12:59 EDT
Might this just be a typo in the regexp?

perl -wle '"foo" =~ /(?-x:.*) /x or die "huh?!"'

Does in fact die on RH-Linux, but also on Solaris and windoze.

perl -wle '"foo" =~ /(?-x:.*)/x or die "huh?!"'

(No space before the slash) Does what is expected.
Comment 3 Pekka Savola 2000-07-16 12:49:17 EDT
This works in 5.6.0-4 from Rawhide, while dies on RH6.2 version.

Comment 4 Adam Spiers 2000-07-16 12:58:47 EDT
No, it's not a typo in the regex.  In fact that extra space is the whole point
of the bug,
because it /should/ be ignored by Perl because of the x switch at the end of the
The bug is that the space isn't ignored because the (?-x modifier acts /outside/
its enclosing parentheses for some reason.  Looks like it's fixed in more recent
Perls then.

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