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Re: PATCH: binutils without a date is not handled properly without GNU sed

On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 01:08:16AM -0500, Loren James Rittle wrote:
> Ah, what a tasty nugget.  The issue is that sed, on some systems
> (OSF1, FreeBSD[45] and Solaris5.7, to name three that were checked and
> all found to have an issue), does not know about \|, as least by
> default (FreeBSD supports an -E flag to switch sed to extended
> regexp).  After reading sed(1) on just three systems, I am reminded
> that complex sed patterns are extremely unportable and should be avoided.

GNU sed recently added extended regexp capabilities, but used -r instead.
I love gratuitous incompatability.

> If one wanted to support binutils releases with additional sub-version
> numbers, then replace 1,3 with 1,4 or whatever.  Of course, just to
> make life interesting, /usr/bin/sed on Solaris5.7 only supports bounds
> on one-character REs (silently ignored when applied to more complex
> atoms; whereas /usr/xpg4/bin/sed properly handles bounds on complex atoms).

/usr/bin/foo should never be used under Solaris if /usr/xpg4/bin/foo exists
as an alternative.  ("xpg4" is derived from an Ancient Greek verb meaning,
"to not suck".)  I might make a push for the toplevel configure/makefile
to detect Solaris and prepend that directory to the path.


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