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[bug-grep] [bugs #12404] egrep > doesn't work

From: anonymous
Subject: [bug-grep] [bugs #12404] egrep > doesn't work
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 09:19:05 +0000
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                 Summary: egrep \> doesn't work
                 Project: grep
            Submitted by: None
            Submitted on: Mon 03/21/2005 at 09:19
                Category: None
                Severity: 5 - Average
              Item Group: None
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open



When grep is not linked against PCRE, the \> metacharacter combination to
anchor the expression to the end of a word does not function as expected (and
as documented in the Info documentation section 5) when invoked as egrep.

grep \< works
grep \> works
egrep \< works
egrep \> doesn't work

When attempting to specify a pattern including "\>" with egrep, I get no
matches.  I'm unsure whether this is literally attempting to match a ">", but
it certainly doesn't anchor the preceeding expression to the end of a word.

While \> is not strictly a POSIX compliant extended regular expression, it's
very useful and isn't a POSIX compliant basic regular expression either!


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