[Israel.pm] segmentation fault in regex

Levenglick Dov-RM07994 Dov at freescale.com
Sun Mar 12 05:13:29 PST 2006

I would suggest removing the comments in two stages:
s#//(.*)\n##sg;  # removes single line comments (//...)
s#/\*(.*)\*/##sg # removes multiple line comments (/*...*/)
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From: perl-bounces at perl.org.il [mailto:perl-bounces at perl.org.il] On Behalf Of Yossi.Itzkovich at ecitele.com
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:53 PM
To: Perl in Israel
Subject: Re: [Israel.pm] segmentation fault in regex

Thanks Eli && Shlomi for your responses.

The complex regex was originally taken from perldoc FAQ how to remove C/C++
comments. May be I modified it a little (it was 2 years ago, so I don't

I am ready to simplify it, as long as it does what it has (no more , no

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This is what my Perl v5.6.1 had to say:

$ perl regex_segfault.pl  test_file.txt
Complex regular subexpression recursion limit (32766) exceeded at
regex_segfault.pl line 7, <FILE> chunk 1.

Your Perl probably wasn't as polite. Maybe you want to downgrade? ;)

My hunch is that you've used an excessively complicated regex to do
something (I'm not in the mood for deciphering that expression).

Maybe tell us what you want to do, and we'll play "who's got the
prettiest regex" on it? ;)


Yossi.Itzkovich at ecitele.com wrote:

>OK, let's try.
>The file is at ftp://ftp.ecitele.com/outgoing/inf_vie.htm
>The code:
>#! /usr/local/bin/perl -w
>my $name=shift;
>open (FILE,$name) or die "BLA\n";
>local $/;
>my $file=<FILE>;
>print "$name\n";

>Any ideas ?

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