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grep -q portability doc fix

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: grep -q portability doc fix
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005 16:43:56 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

Dan Manthey <address@hidden> writes:

> By the way, Noah pointed out that grep -q wasn't portable.  This is not
> mentioned in the autoconf docs.

Ouch.  I thought everybody already knew that grep -q wasn't portable.  :-)

It is mentioned in the grep manual, of all places, but I've installed this:

2005-02-09  Paul Eggert  <address@hidden>

        * doc/autoconf.texi (Limitations of Usual Tools): Document that
        grep -q isn't portable.  Improve grep -s explanation.
        Problem reported by Dan Manthey.

--- autoconf.texi       8 Feb 2005 17:27:04 -0000       1.877
+++ autoconf.texi       10 Feb 2005 00:41:24 -0000      1.878
@@ -11702,8 +11702,12 @@ while @acronym{GNU} @command{find} repor
 @item @command{grep}
 @c -----------------
 @prindex @command{grep}
-Don't use @samp{grep -s} to suppress output, because @samp{grep -s} on
-System V does not suppress output, only error messages.  Instead,
+Don't use @samp{grep -q} to suppress output, because many @command{grep}
+implementations (e.g., Solaris 10) do not support @option{-q}.
+Don't use @samp{grep -s} to suppress output either, because Posix
+says @option{-s} does not suppress output, only some error messages;
+also, the @option{-s} option of traditional @command{grep} behaved
+like @option{-q} does in most modern implementations.  Instead,
 redirect the standard output and standard error (in case the file
 doesn't exist) of @code{grep} to @file{/dev/null}.  Check the exit
 status of @code{grep} to determine whether it found a match.
@@ -11711,7 +11715,7 @@ status of @code{grep} to determine wheth
 Some traditional @command{grep} implementations do not work on long
 input lines.  Also, many implementations do not support multiple regexps
 with @option{-e}: they either reject @samp{-e} entirely (e.g., Solaris
-9) or honor only the last pattern (e.g., @acronym{IRIX} 6.5).  To
+10) or honor only the last pattern (e.g., @acronym{IRIX} 6.5).  To
 work around these problems, invoke @code{AC_PROG_GREP} and then use

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