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From Patrick Welche <>
Subject Re: autoshit addiction [WAS: [PATCH] fixing broken gnu ld (mis)detection problem]
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2004 14:56:36 GMT
On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 05:33:26AM +0100, Enrico Weigelt wrote:
> It is of these macros which are doing regex test. My build system runs 
> the GNU grep v. 2.4.1. A short look the grep --help exposes, that the 
> -E option has to be passed when using extendet regex. Simply calling 
> egrep does not work here. On another system, running newer grep (2.5.1)
> evrything is fine. So it seems gnu grep changed its behaviour when 
> called as egrep - in general a very bad thing.
> The only clean solutions are:
>     a) use the old semantics
>     b) encapsulate the grep command (into a shell function) and first
>        check which version to use
>     c) define grep-2.5.x as an build-tool dependency, check if its really 
>        installed and working an spit out at least an warning if it doesnt.
> Again its an autoconf problem. More than just a bug.

Does this mean the following macro should appear somewhere in
httpd's configury?

 -- Macro: AC_PROG_EGREP
     Check whether `$GREP -E' works, or else search the user's `PATH'
     for `egrep', and `gegrep', in that order, and set output variable
     `EGREP' to the one that accepts the longest input lines.



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