Bug#568298: balsa: Infinite loop with empty quoted text regexp

Peter Bloomfield peterbloomfield at bellsouth.net
Sat Feb 6 02:23:50 UTC 2010

Hi Karl:

On 02/03/2010 01:08:00 PM Wed, Karl O. Pinc wrote:
> Package: balsa
> Version: 2.3.25-1
> Severity: normal
> Hello,
> File->Preferences  Message display format (iirc)
> Setting the regexp for quoted text to nothing
> seems to put balsa into an infinite loop.
> (At least when the current message has quoted
> text.)

Ouch--so it does!

> I want to turn off balsa's colorization and
> change bars and other frobbing of quoted text.
> Setting the regexp to the empty string
> _should_ do this, but does not.

Yes, it should--instead it runs afoul of a quirk? feature? in regexec, where an empty regex matches zero characters, and keeps checking forever...fixed in git master.

> Ideally there'd be a checkbox so that the
> default regexp could be left alone in the
> event I want to turn quoted text frobbing
> back on.

Yes, that seems like a better way to handle unfrobbed text; implemented in git master.

Thanks for taking the time to report this!


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