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bug#57604: [ef]grep usage -> POSIXLY_CORRECT?

From: Sam
Subject: bug#57604: [ef]grep usage -> POSIXLY_CORRECT?
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2022 21:45:47 +0100

> On 11 Sep 2022, at 21:41, Jim Meyering <jim@meyering.net> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 4:01 PM Karl Berry <karl@freefriends.org> wrote:
>> Hi Jim,
>>    Some must care about portability,
>> Certainly agreed. Even I do, sometimes :). But that does not mean
>> everyone needs to, in every situation.  As I said, I fail to understand
>> the benefit of making the warning unconditional.
>> So far as I can see, it's also against GNU principles, as I wrote,
>> though evidently you don't agree.
>>    and these warnings help them do a better job.
>> When people want extreme POSIX compliance, they should set
>> POSIXLY_CORRECT. That's what it's there for, and that's when I think the
>> warnings should be issued, as I said at the beginning.
>> But since Paul rejected that, ok, a different variable that lets us turn
>> them off (GREPWARNINGS=efgrepok or whatever) would at least provide some
>> palliation. I don't understand why you two are opposed to this simple
>> remediation.
>>    As Gary mentioned above, it's easy to disable them.
>> Obviously it is trivial to edit the scripts or have a different version
>> in PATH for my own machine(s).  But those are no substitute for having a
>> supported way to use the distributed [ef]grep without warnings.
>>    I would argue that it is even more important to retain these
>>    stray-backslash warnings, because they tend to highlight real bugs.
>> "tend" being the key word there. But anyway, I see your point, and won't
>> argue that one further, since the efgrep warnings are what's causing me
>> the agony. -k
> Hi Karl,
> It would help if you could point to some malfunction.

We've hit one malfunction in Gentoo: https://bugs.gentoo.org/868384.

A program was using libgcrypt-config via CMake and ended up
failing because of the warnings.

(The program's usage is IMO ill-advised and it should use pkg-config,
but that's beside the point).

> Consider the alternative.
> Should we release a new version of grep that provides a documented way
> (say a configure-time option) to disable a warning about a
> long-deprecated feature so you don't have to manually tweak the
> four-line fgrep and egrep scripts? AFAIK, these new warnings cause no
> malfunction.
> Wouldn't it be better to fix the roots of the problem rather than
> piling another kludge on top to disable the annoying warnings? Think
> about the next steps: when more and more distros cease to distribute
> the egrep and fgrep crutches, what will people do? Eventually, we'll
> all break the habit, at least in scripts. If you want to use it in
> personal scripts or on the command line, create your wrapper script or
> alias/function.

I honestly think at this point, it'd be better to just deem them GNU


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