Philip Guenther posted his patch for MATCH to drop an initial newline without
collecting an extra character from the end; the question left open is what to
do when you *want* a leading newline in $MATCH. I can't think of a situation
where anybody would, but that's just the limitation of my imagination.
Perhaps a patch to leave an initial newline in $MATCH (if real, not if
putative) would have been better; then the final results would be under
the control of the person writing the rcfile.
Era Eriksson posted, as well,
| (If one actually wanted to match a literal newline, how would that be
One can with $ or ^ as usual; the only problem is getting it into $MATCH
if it is the first character to the right of \/. I guess ...
* VAR ?? ^^.