On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 10:55 PM, Yossef Mendelssohn <ymendel / pobox.com> wrote:
> On Apr 2, 3:35 pm, "Thomas Wieczorek" <wieczo... / googlemail.com>
>  wrote:
>
>  >
>  > .* matches NO and ALL characters, so gsub() substitutes
>  > ''(empty)(=>'x') and and 'test'(=>'x') with x, so you get 'xx'
>
>  That sounds like an explanation why ''.gsub(/.*/, 'x') is 'x' more
>  than why 'test'.gsub(/.*/, 'x') is 'xx'. It seems to me that the .*
>  should match [empty string]test[empty string] just once.
>

Yeah, it is confusing me, but I agreed on that explanation with
myself, when I read it once here. I'd also expect 'x' instead of 'xx'