Commit 2f44d2d5 authored by Noam Postavsky's avatar Noam Postavsky

Note caveat for backward regexp searching in docstring (Bug#31584)

* src/search.c (Fre_search_backward): Emphasize that backwards
searches may give shorter than expected matches.
* doc/lispref/searching.texi (Regexp Search): Add an anchor for
re-search-backward to reference.
parent 3145d08c
......@@ -1102,6 +1102,8 @@ comes back" twice.
@end example
@end deffn
@c This anchor is referenced by re-search-backward's docstring.
@anchor{re-search-backward}
@deffn Command re-search-backward regexp &optional limit noerror count
This function searches backward in the current buffer for a string of
text that is matched by the regular expression @var{regexp}, leaving
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......@@ -2233,8 +2233,11 @@ DEFUN ("re-search-backward", Fre_search_backward, Sre_search_backward, 1, 4,
This function is almost identical to `re-search-forward', except that
by default it searches backward instead of forward, and the sign of
COUNT also indicates exactly the opposite searching direction.
See `re-search-forward' for details.
See `re-search-forward' for details. */)
Note that searching backwards may give a shorter match than expected,
because REGEXP is still matched in the forward direction. See Info
anchor `(elisp) re-search-backward' for details. */)
(Lisp_Object regexp, Lisp_Object bound, Lisp_Object noerror, Lisp_Object count)
{
return search_command (regexp, bound, noerror, count, -1, 1, 0);
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