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(...)?, (...)*, etc don't really make any sense.
((?:...)?), ((?:...)*), etc would properly capture.

Did you mean (b*?)?

if ("abbbbbc" =~ /(b*?)(b*?)c/) { print("\$1 eq '$1'\n"); # $1 eq '' print("\$2 eq '$2'\n"); # $2 eq 'bbbbb' } else { print("No match\n"); }

I'd file this under GIGO, but Perl has been changed to return a more sensible result in newer versions.

In reply to Re: Strange result from "abbbbbc" =~ /(b)*?(b*?)c/ by ikegami
in thread Strange result from "abbbbbc" =~ /(b)*?(b*?)c/ by mcovic

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