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

Sean C. Farley scf at
Wed Jun 18 21:46:48 UTC 2008

On Mon, 16 Jun 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.

Other BSD-license-friendly regex libraries:
1. PCRE ( (has a POSIX compliant interface too)
2. Oniguruma ( (from Ruby)
3. Lrexlib ( (no apparent POSIX interface)

scf at

More information about the freebsd-hackers mailing list