A bug in Ruby regexp lib?


#1

ruby 1.8.7 (2008-08-11 patchlevel 72) [i486-linux]

x11@www:~$ irb
irb(main):001:0> s = “www.myspace.com/djmamania
www.myspace.com/djmantini”
=> “www.myspace.com/djmamania www.myspace.com/djmantini”
irb(main):002:0> s1 = s.gsub(%r{(\s|^)(www…?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> “<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania
www.myspace.com/djmantini”
irb(main):003:0> s1.gsub(%r{(\s|^)(www…
?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> “<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania
<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmantini”>www.myspace.com/djmantini”

Why I have to call gsub two times for this to work? Same regexp works
fine in Firefox JS :slight_smile:


#2

Artc5abras c5a0lajus wrote:

ruby 1.8.7 (2008-08-11 patchlevel 72) [i486-linux]

x11@www:~$ irb
irb(main):001:0> s = “www.myspace.com/djmamania
www.myspace.com/djmantini
=> “www.myspace.com/djmamania www.myspace.com/djmantini
irb(main):002:0> s1 = s.gsub(%r{(\s|^)(www…*?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> "<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania

www.myspace.com/djmantini"
irb(main):003:0> s1.gsub(%r{(\s|^)(www…*?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> "<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania

<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmantini”>www.myspace.com/djmantini"

Why I have to call gsub two times for this to work? Same regexp works
fine in Firefox JS :slight_smile:

Did you mean:

s1 = s.gsub(%r{(^|\s)?(www…*?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)

irb(main):035:0> s1 = s.gsub(%r{(^|\s)?(www…*?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> “<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania
<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmantini”>www.myspace.com/djmantini”

Note the \1 is using (^|\s), as it’s either the start of the string (^)
or a white space between the two URLs (\s), but you also have \3, which
is either the end of the string ($) or white space between the URLs (or
following) (\s), and since there’s only one white space between the two
URLs, it throws is off.

To account for both \1 and \3, above I’ve set it to be optional (^|\s)?
because this will allow you to use \3 without is breaking it. There
are other ways to do this, but just working with what you were using,
that’s a change you could make to get the desired results on the first
one… unless I misunderstood what you were trying to do?


#3

Tim G. wrote:

=> "<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania

www.myspace.com/djmantini"
irb(main):003:0> s1.gsub(%r{(\s|^)(www…*?)(\s|$)}m, ‘\1\2\3’)
=> "<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania

<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmantini”>www.myspace.com/djmantini"

href=“http://\2”>\2\3’)
=> "<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania

<a

href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmantini”>www.myspace.com/djmantini"

are other ways to do this, but just working with what you were using,
that’s a change you could make to get the desired results on the first
one… unless I misunderstood what you were trying to do?

Geez, pardon the typos I’ve made above. Apparently I’m having trouble
working my keyboard (some of those “is” should be “it”)


#4

Tim G. wrote:

Note the \1 is using (^|\s), as it’s either the start of the string (^)
or a white space between the two URLs (\s), but you also have \3, which
is either the end of the string ($) or white space between the URLs (or
following) (\s), and since there’s only one white space between the two
URLs, it throws is off.

To account for both \1 and \3, above I’ve set it to be optional (^|\s)?
because this will allow you to use \3 without is breaking it. There
are other ways to do this, but just working with what you were using,
that’s a change you could make to get the desired results on the first
one… unless I misunderstood what you were trying to do?

Ah, thank you. It seems that Ruby is parsing that string after getting
last \s down there. But shouldn’t \3 insert it right back? :slight_smile:

Anyways, I have another problem then ;]
it “should link http links” do
http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”.htmlize.should ==

www.myspace.com/djmamania


end

‘String#htmlize should link http links’ FAILED
expected: “

<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmam
ania

”,
got: “

http://<a
href=“http://www.myspace.com/djmamania”>www.myspace.com/djmamania


(using ==)

What do you suggest?