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Re: editfiles not working!?

From: Bruce Richardson
Subject: Re: editfiles not working!?
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 16:50:06 +0100
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On Mon, Jun 03, 2002 at 05:18:28PM +0200, address@hidden wrote:
> There is no "way that regexes are supposed to work". There
> are as many models for using regexes as there are programs
> to use.

There's a POSIX standard for regexes.  Implementations differ on how
much of the featureset they implement but common to all of them is that
.* is implied both before and after the pattern unless over-ridden by a
^ or $ character.  cfengine is the first application I've ever
encountered that does that differently and I think it's a basic enough
difference that maybe some other name for the patterns (as implemented
by cfengine) would be less confusing.

Confusing me more is the fact that according to, ^[^#] does match any
line not beginning with #.  Whoever wrote that page was expecting
standard POSIX behaviour.


You can fool some of the people all the time, you can fool all of
the people some of the time but you can never fool your mother.

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