Subject: Re: grep-2.5.1a bug report: broken egrep and fgrep


On Mon, Nov 22, 2004 at 12:33:42PM -0700, Nelson H. F. Beebe wrote:
> In mail of Thu, 4 Apr 2002 18:45:37 -0700 (MST), I reported a problem
> with grep-2.5.1 on the bug-gnu-utils@xxxxxxx list. On Friday, I
> installed the new grep-2.5.1a release, and over the weekend,
> discovered from failing cron jobs that the bug that I reported has not
> yet been fixed.

the 2.5.1a release is somewhat unfortunate: it's a copy of grep-2.5.1
tarball with a few quick hacks:
1) two tests were disabled, so that the testsuite doesn't have problems
with current glibc (one problem is real, one is a bug in the test suite)
2) The bug report address is changed to bug-grep@xxxxxxx

But the actual code stayed untouched.

(This somehow invalidates your work when you tested grep-2.5.1a on many
patforms, sorry. But we will process all the issues you mentioned there,
and I'll let you know then.)

About the bug report:
> >> exec grep -E ${1+"$@"}
> >> exec /usr/local/bin/grep -E ${1+"$@"}

I have to admit that we haven't done this till now.

I fixed it now in the CVS. (Sorry, Julian, that I haven't submitted it
for review; I wanted to say that it had been already fixed...)

(I remember the long discussion(s) on bug-gnu-utils about this issue.
So I'd like to ask other developers not to start flame about symlinked
copies etc.)

Have a nice day,