Official request: Please make GNU grep the default

V. T. Mueller, Continum v.t.mueller at
Thu Aug 19 10:47:26 UTC 2010

Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> There is a lesson here: people who are unsatisfied with the performance
> of ${TOOL} should profile it before they start a flamefest on -current.

If you're alluding to Dougs original email, I will strictly disagree.
He found a performance issue which noone had seen or brought up before 
and gave feedback to Gabor in a constructive and distinctively polite 

I would also second, that changing back the default immediately then 
would have been the better choice.

That others supported Gabor in doing profiling and suggesting 
improvements is a fine thing, and contributes to what makes this 
community stand out from others.

In other words: as long as there are unresolved issues, the default 
should be set to GNU grep. This doesn't stop anyone from improving the 
BSD grep we're all waiting for. It only does good to those who rely on 
using grep - expecting correctness and speed.

My $0.02

Volker T. Mueller
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