Issue #6366 has been reported by vertis (Luke Chadwick).

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Bug #6366: Regex freezes Ruby
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/6366

Author: vertis (Luke Chadwick)
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
Assignee: 
Category: 
Target version: Ruby 1.8.7
ruby -v: ruby 1.8.7 (2011-06-30 patchlevel 352) [i686-darwin11.3.0]


I stumbled across a weird error on Ruby 1.8.7p352, where String.match locks up:

"#^(?:export)?\s*(\w+)=(.*)".match(/^(?:export[\s]+)?([\w_]*)+?=(.*)/)

I had, apparently, pasted a regular expression into a file(bash) that I was testing, and commented it out. I'm assuming I did this to clear my clipboard. I was then running the following match on each line in the file & consistently had the ruby interpreter lockup (not even Ctrl-C was working, though Ctrl-Z did).

I have replicated this on both MacOS (homebrew) and CentOS 6 1.8.7p352, but this doesn't happen in Ruby 1.9.2p0.


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