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I've the following content:

group1
  item1
  item2
  item3
group2
  item4
  item5
group3
  item6

where I'd like to select all items which belong to group2 using a search range.

Here is my approach:

:/group2\n\zs/;,/^\ze\S/p

however it seems the \ze doesn't take any effect, because this is what is printed:

  item4
  item5
group3

I expect only item4 and item5 to be printed, without ending pattern (group3).

How do I exclude the ending pattern then?

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    That , is redundant btw. You could get the effect you want by changing ^ to \n in the second pattern, but you might be better off with offsets (e.g. :/^group2/+;/^group/-p) as noted in the accepted answer. – Antony Dec 21 '16 at 23:26
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I could be wrong but I think the atom \ze does take effect, it just doesn't prevent Vim to find a match on the group3 line.
It's an empty match since you write \ze just after the anchor ^ which excludes everything afterwards. But even if it's empty, it's still something, the beginning of the line.

Maybe you could use an offset:

:/group2\n\zs/;,/^\ze\S/- p
                        ^
                        |___ minus sign, to decrease the line address by one
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My approach

:g/group2/+1,/group3/-1p

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