change to note between 2.0 and 2.1

Tavis Rudd tavis at calrudd.com
Thu Jun 7 00:40:36 CEST 2001


Hi Andrew,
the re module handles negative 
look-behinds differently in 2.1 and 2.0.  In 2.1 a 
negative look-behind at the very beginning of a string 
will match if the rest of the following text matches. In 2.0
this doesn't match.  Would you mind adding a note about 
this on the "What's New in Python 2.1" page?

example
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Try to match all $, but not \$, in the following string.
"$ $ $ \$"

Using re.compile(r"(?<!\\)\$"), Python 2.1 finds 3, 
Python 2.0 finds 2.

Using re.compile(r"(?:(?<=\A)|(?<!\\))\$"), both versions 
find 3.
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Cheers,
Tavis




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