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Re: when options conflict

From: Tony Abou-Assaleh
Subject: Re: when options conflict
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 01:08:58 -0300 (ADT)

On Sun, 21 May 2006, Bob Proulx wrote:
> Tony Abou-Assaleh wrote:
> > > >    -- Aborting in error for -G/-F/-E/-P,
> > >
> > > Definitely.  Otherwise someone might think that something
> > > like 'grep -E -e extendedpattern -P -e perlpattern' would work.
> >
> > It would be awesome if one could do that! This should go into feature
> > requests.
> How often would syntax like that really be used?  Sure it would be
> cool.  But I think people wanting pcre patterns would simply want them
> all of the time.  Is there really enough need to match different
> styles of regular expressions to warrent the work to put that into the
> code?  I doubt it would be worth it in actual usage.

For most everyday usages by most users, the current feature set is
sufficient. I can surely think of situations where the above syntax may
make a lot of sense.

Example: you have complex patterns, in general -E is faster than -P, but
some patterns require the features of -P. If you have a large file, and
these days it is not uncommon to have large files (or a lot of small
ones), such optimization may give noticeable difference in performance.

I haven't done benchmarking, so the above is hypothetical.

Since we're not doing any new features at the moment, nor in the near
future, and such a feature as above would be of somewhat low priority due
to its complexity, my comment was half sarcastic.



Tony Abou-Assaleh
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