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Re: Setup, Package 'grep' 2.5-1, missing 'egrep.exe' and 'fgrep.exe'

G. Ken Holman wrote:
> At 2003-02-02 15:25 -0500, Christopher Faylor <>
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Feb 02, 2003 at 03:05:07PM -0500, G. Ken Holman wrote:
>>> I used to use one of the Cygwin B packages where the egrep.exe
>>> utility was included.
>> Sigh.
> I apologize for having taken your time with this to warrant such an
> exclamation.

I think the "Sigh" was referring to the fact that people are *still* using
Bxx versions, even though they are about 5 years old.

> I was citing my previous experience with Cygwin where I
> had utilized an "exe" and created ".bat" files that pointed to it.
> After installing the new version my batch files stopped working.

Well, Bxx -> 1.3.x is a major version number increase. A little breakage
here and there is to be expected.

>>> I'm on an XP system and I downloaded replacement packages yesterday
>>> and ensured that I included the "grep" package.
>>> I went to use "egrep.exe" and found it wasn't installed.  I did
>>> find an egrep.1 but it just points to grep.
>> egrep and fgrep are symbolic links to grep.exe.  Both work properly
>> when invoked from bash.  I just checked.
> Perhaps ... but I'm not running under bash and never have.  Did I
> miss a documented restriction that the programs *only* run under bash?

No, but running symlinks from a non-Cygwin program is not possible.

> Could there be a FAQ that says "where is the .exe I'm expecting?" ...
> when not running in bash?  I did a search on the FAQ TOC for .exe and
> didn't find anything.

Its not frequently-asked - possibly because most people use Cygwin shells.

> I honestly tried to solve this without burdening the list with another
> question, and was basing my question on my prior experience with the
> Cygwin collection.

Good. But the list is here to help, so don't worry. Also, if you have just
upgraded from a Bxx version, then your prior experience will be a little


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