CFT: BSD-licensed grep [Fwd: cvs commit: ports/textproc/bsdgrep Makefile distinfo]

Coleman Kane cokane at
Wed Jun 18 18:38:07 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-06-18 at 11:25 -0700, pfgshield-freebsd at wrote:
> --- Mer 18/6/08, Doug Barton <dougb at> ha scritto:
> ...
> > 
> > No, "here is a new bsd grep, but change all your
> > scripts that have 
> > relied on legitimate behavior of grep in the past" is
> > a non-starter. I 
> > haven't checked POSIX to see whether the particular
> > construction I am 
> > using fits the spec or not, but I really don't care. We
> > need to be 
> > feature-compatible with the GNU versions of these tools,
> > both for 
> > legacy scripts and also for those users migrating over from
> > linux.
> > 
> OK, I probably exaggerated in that GNUisms are not all that bad. Let's look at it this way.. the problem is in regex so I don't see fit to start adapting ugly workarounds in BSD grep. If we really *need* the workaround I want to be able to ifdef it out for my own testing purposes.
> By all means we will still need a GNU grep port available so we can have the best from both worlds (I already a port and sent it to Gabor for testing but I don't want to maintain it).
> Pedro.

I agree that the regex lib is a better place to apply such a fix.

Coleman Kane
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