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From Donald Ball <>
Subject Re: Matchers and the Sitemap
Date Sat, 15 Apr 2000 17:16:55 GMT
On Sat, 15 Apr 2000, Paul Russell wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 14, 2000 at 08:38:34PM -0700, Pier P. Fumagalli wrote:
> > I am focusing on algorithms for regexp matching and some proprietary
> > stuff of some of our customers at Exoffice.... 
> Um. There's a GNU regexp matching API released under the LGPL.
> API seems sane, if slightly clunky (mind you, I'm used to perl,
> so *everything* seems clunky in that respect ;).
> Regexp algos are hideous as a rule; the only way I can think
> of off the top of my head would be to construct a backtracking
> NDFSM. urgh. If we can use the gnu library, it'll probably
> save us all from going mad ;)

i've thought for a while that the GNU regexp library should, at least, be
offered as an option. why reinvent the wheel? writing a good regexp
library from scratch is going to take a while, and debugging it, a
lifelong affair. :)

- donald

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