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Re: Cygwin bash regexp matching doesn't treat "\b" properly
aputerguy <nabble <at> kosowsky.org> writes:
> HOWEVER, this solution while sweet for cygwin-bash, has the CONVERSE
> Apparently, the special strings [[:<:]] and [[:>:]] are not recognized under
> Linux regex(7) - they give return code 2.
And why is that surprising? 'man 7 regex' _did_ state:
There are two special cases- of bracket expressions: the bracket
expressions `[[:<:]]' and `[[:>:]]' match the null string at the begin-
ning and end of a word respectively. A word is defined as a sequence
of word characters which is neither preceded nor followed by word char-
acters. A word character is an alnum character (as defined by
ctype(3)) or an underscore. This is an extension, compatible with but
not specified by POSIX 1003.2, and should be used with caution in soft-
ware intended to be portable to other systems.
> So, now I have the frustrating situation where \\b works in Linux but not in
> Cygwin while [[:<:]] works in Cygwin but not in Linux.
So, in true open source fashion, why not write a patch that teaches cygwin's
regex(3) implementation that \b is a synonym to [[:<:][:>:]]?
I, for one, would readily accept such a patch. But it hasn't yet crept high
enough on my personal itch list for me to spend the time writing it.
Or, from a capitalistic viewpoint, is there anyone out there willing to pay for
my time to write the patch on their behalf? However, please be careful in how
you respond to this offer (that is, this is one time where private email makes
more sense to settle on a fair price, rather than advertising the entire
transaction on the publicly archived cygwin list, if only so that what I
consider a fair price does not set an unreasonable precedence for what someone
else considers a fair price).
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