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Re: grep is screwed on Debian, Ubuntu and others ...

From: Richard Kettlewell
Subject: Re: grep is screwed on Debian, Ubuntu and others ...
Date: Fri, 04 May 2012 09:12:29 +0100
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Lew Pitcher <> writes:
> wrote:

>> I ran into this doing a simple grep job that needed to match upper
>> case characters, and so I started Googling.  This was only reported in
>> January.
>> But the Red Hat people knew about what looks like the same bug two years
>> ago. Oops, they didn't share!
>> (So much for the spirit of collaboration in open source. My distro, my
>> patches, screw you!)

The fix linked from the RH bug is to upstream grep, so it's not clear in
what sense they "didn't share".
> Second; I guess that your abberent grep behaviour wrt 'a' is version
> dependant. Under GNU grep 2.5.3 (32bit Slackware Linux 12.2), I don't see
> the same results. In fact, I see the results you'd properly expect from
> grep.

It looks like it was dependent on both version and locale, as well as on
competence with regexp syntax.


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