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

Doug Barton dougb at
Mon Jun 16 15:29:06 UTC 2008

Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> 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.

Ok, that's a slightly different situation, thanks for clarifying that. 
Sounds like that would be a good project for GSOC next year. :)

Meanwhile, for those who didn't notice last night (*cough*) I added 
the WITHOUT_GNU_GREP knob for src.conf to make it easier for folks to 
test this in HEAD.




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