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From "Jacob Eckel" <ec...@dealfusion.com>
Subject A major bug with non-greedy closures (.*?)
Date Wed, 14 Feb 2001 09:47:17 GMT
The bug is reproducible in Regexp 1.2 using the statement:

  RE re = new RE("ABC.*?X+Z");

This will cause an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException in
The actual reason for the exception is the direct casting from char to int
causes a negative value to be set as a large positive value into the int.
This may be fixed using a (short) casting:

(short)instruction[node + RE.offsetNext]

The same problem exists also in RECompiler.expr() and

However fixing those problems only brings us to the next one -
an infinite loop in RECompiler.setNextOfEnd(). This is caused by a loop
existing in the instruction linked list. I tried to work on this
but unfortunately was unable to find the source of the problem.
It seams that the line "setNextOfEnd(ret, lenInstruction);" found in
RECompiler.closure() is somehow responsible for the creation of the loop.
Please help...

Jacob Eckel

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