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Re: regexps

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: regexps
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 19:04:43 +0000

On Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 06:48  pm, Marko Riedel wrote:

Hi there,

this is from a message that I sent to Nicola and didn't cc to

"BTW working on GSMBrowser I really missed my beloved Perl regular
expressions. I am not at all a regexp expert, but even simple regexps
can save so much time and code! Maybe we should devise a GNUStep
interface to the PCRE library (like in PHP) or would this conflict
with the desire to stick to the original OpenStep specification?"

I have no problem with additional APIs and regular expressions would be
a good candidate for inclusion in the base additions library. However, I
don't want the base package to depend on any more external libraries if
we can help it.

If there is a small regexp library where the license is LGPL and the copyright is owned by the FSF (or public domain I suppose) we could include that as
part of the distribution and not need an external library.

Alternatively, we could use the system posix regexp library...

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