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regexp: nested x{n} makes isOnePass take too long #7608

rui314 opened this issue Mar 22, 2014 · 4 comments

regexp: nested x{n} makes isOnePass take too long #7608

rui314 opened this issue Mar 22, 2014 · 4 comments


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@rui314 rui314 commented Mar 22, 2014

What does 'go version' print?
go version devel +82edfcdee1bc Thu Mar 06 13:15:09 2014 +1100 linux/amd64

What steps reproduce the problem?
If you run `^(?:x{1,1000}){1,1000}$` on "xxxxxxxx ...(5000 times)... y",
FindString does not return. If the repetition is short, it will return immediately.
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@bradfitz bradfitz commented Mar 22, 2014

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Labels changed: added release-go1.3maybe, repo-main.

Owner changed to @rsc.

Status changed to Accepted.

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@rsc rsc commented Mar 24, 2014

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It's not exponential. You can't prove an exponential run time with a single data point.
It's linear in the size of the repetition with a very large constant (derived from the
size of the regexp, and the size of that regexp is ~ 1 million).
That said, IsOnePass - added during the 1.3 cycle - is taking far too long to analyze
the regexp and is blowing out the stack. That needs to be fixed for 1.3.
package main
import (
func main() {
    re := regexp.MustCompile(`^(?:x{1,1000}){1,1000}$`)
    for i := 5; i < 5000; i *= 2 {
        s := strings.Repeat("x", i) + "y"
        t := time.Now()
        fmt.Println(i, time.Since(t))

Labels changed: added release-go1.3, removed release-go1.3maybe.

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@gopherbot gopherbot commented May 12, 2014

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CL mentions this issue.
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@robpike robpike commented May 13, 2014

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This issue was closed by revision f54f790.

Status changed to Fixed.

@rsc rsc added this to the Go1.3 milestone Apr 14, 2015
@rsc rsc removed the release-go1.3 label Apr 14, 2015
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