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

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Mon Jun 16 12:51:52 UTC 2008

Doug Barton <dougb at> writes:
> Andrey Chernov <ache at> writes:
> > Please note that BSD grep is not localized (and can't be per design)
> > and works only with standard C locale. It may not affect ports
> > system processing but shurely affects real texts handling.
> That is very troubling. In this day and age localization is a
> requirement. I cannot imagine being supportive of adding something to
> the base that does not have this capability.

We don't have a locale-aware regex implementation.  Henry Spencer wrote
one for Tcl 8, and it seems to be under an MIT-equivalent license, but
I'm not sure how hard it would be to extirpate.  It might be easier to
lift it from PostgreSQL, which also uses it.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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