steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Nov 2 03:35:53 CET 2006
Schüle Daniel wrote:
> Hello all,
> I didn't found more appropriate news group for
> this question, please let me know if there is ng with
> regular expression as its main topic
> I am trying to construct a case where a greedy and
> non greedy operation produce different result.
> I dont see the difference between 'a??b' and 'a?b'
> As far I understand is that ? will first try to match a
> (it's greedy) and only if it fails then it step back
> and lets a unmatched. The other doesn't match a at first,
> only if the pattern fails to match it steps back and match a.
> But don't they do eventually the same thing?
> Can someone provide an example where 2 patterns yield
> different results.
>>> target = "<h1>Sample String</h1>"
>>> greedy = re.compile("<.+>")
>>> nongreedy = re.compile("<.+?>")
>>> m1 = greedy.match(target)
>>> m2 = nongreedy.match(target)
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