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Re: Word boundary anchors \< and \> not parsed correctly on the right si

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Word boundary anchors \< and \> not parsed correctly on the right side of =~
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:50:05 -0400
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On 7/10/18 9:02 AM, Paulo Marcel Coelho Aragão wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 08:27:18AM -0400, Greg Wooledge wrote:
>> Bash uses ERE (Extended Regular Expressions) here.  There is no \< or \>
>> in an ERE.
>> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/basedefs/V1_chap09.html#tag_09_04
> Thanks for the reference. The document lists only ^ and $ as anchors. 
> However, this indicates to me that bash recognizes \< \> as word anchors:

No, it doesn't. It indicates that the system's POSIX regular expression
implementation has extensions.

> Empirically all this demonstrates:
> 1. bash recognizes \< \> \b as word anchors

No, it doesn't.

> 2. bash doesn't evaluate them correctly when used as literals

Yes, it does. It may not conform to your assumptions.

> 3. bash evaluates them correctly when used with parameter expansion

No. It passes them to the system's POSIX regexp library function, which
understands them as an extension.

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