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Re: manpage searches "^\s+keyword\s" vs. ???

On 1/30/19 1:09 PM, Eric Blake wrote:

> \s is a non-standard regex extension - glibc provides it, Cygwin has not
> (at least, historically).  POSIX provides [[:space:]] as a portable
> alternative (although not all libc have implemented all of POSIX yet),
> but is annoyingly long to type.
> Similarly, BSD regex (which is where Cygwin derives its regex from)
> supports the non-standard regex extension [[:<:]] as a word boundary,
> while glibc has the same feature but spelled \<.  I also seem to recall
> a patch in the past to teach Cygwin to respect \< by expanding it to
> [[:<:]] before calling into the BSD-derived code (although I couldn't
> actually find one in a quick search); a similar patch to expand \s into
> [[:space:]] would be a reasonable idea.

Found it:

and indeed, Cygwin fakes \< and \> but NOT \s or \b (for those, you'd
have to submit a patch to that spot in regcomp.c).

>> I guess this is down to compilation options at this point.
> Not so much compilation options of man and less, but rather the code
> used in Cygwin itself for handling regex.

Also a good read:


Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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