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

Andrey Chernov ache at
Tue Jun 17 00:28:30 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 04:22:25AM +0400, Andrey Chernov wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 02:36:23PM +0200, Dag-Erling Sm??rgrav wrote:
> > > > 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.
> No, we have it already for many years (libc/regexec).

> BSD grep problem is different one, they use upper half of 256 char table 
> on their own.

Oops, sorry I am thinking about BSD _sort_ when writing last statement.
BSD grep is even not bothering to call setlocale(). I can't say is it can 
be simple healed by adding that call, some test suite run is needed.


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