Daniel Fac wrote:
> Daniel Fac wrote:
>> hi,
>> i'm having some trouble with regular expressions in ruby.
>> If I have a regular expression like this:
>> ^([\x20-\x7E]|\w){1,40}$, it will crash ruby if there are more than
>> forty characters in it.  I don't understand what is wrong with this
>> expression, if my expression is changed to
>> ^([\A-Za-z]|\w){1,40}$ it works perfectly well
>> so does this one: ^([\x20-\x7E]|\w){1,40}$
>> am I missing something obvious?
> 
> Sorry, copied it wrong:
>  /^([A-Za-z]|\w|\s){1,40}$/
> Could it have something to do with some parts of it overlapping?

Sorry, got it wrong again,  these expression do not work:
/^([A-Za-z]|\w|\s){1,40}$/
^([\x20-\x7E]|\w){1,40}$

and these do:
/^([\x20-\x7E]|\s){1,40}$/
/^([A-Za-z]|\w){1,40}$/
/^([A-Za-z]|\w){1,40}$/
sorry about that
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