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Re: [alpine-devel] Regex compatibility

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:25:42 +0200

On Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:53:48 -0700
Michael Fox <> wrote:

> Building software on alpine, I notice most problems stem from regex
> incompatibility. Is there some way achieve compatibility?

yes. use portable regexes and avoid gnu (and other platform) extensions.

> This is especially hard on `make check` because many tests involve regexes.
> To the point that I think a lot of packagers are just not running `make
> check` because they figure the tests are failing because of test code and
> not the code under test. This may be true most of the time but it is
> allowing some bugs to slip through.

buts in 'make check' scripts is likely slippering though yes.

I suppose other option is to install gnu sed and gnu grep when doing
make check. But for longterm, I'd prefer upstream project think more
about portability.


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