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Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:43:57 -0500
From: Samuel Holland <>
Subject: Re: regcomp regression?

On 10/15/2014 08:12 PM, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> this was a bug in file (in theory we could provide such extension,
> but it's non-trivial and applications should not rely on it: posix
> re is not usable for binary data)
> there is upstream fix:

I updated from 5.19 to 5.20 and it compiles now, thanks.

> i didnt know about m4 issues, are you talking about

No, when you run `make check' it appears to auto-generate testcases from
the texinfo documentation[1]. the first one is at line 4257, and the
second is at line 4536. You can ignore my report; I misremembered. They
fail on 1.1.4 too. The problem is they use Latin-1 characters that are
invalid UTF-8. So that's one more "the C locale is not binary-safe"
compatibility issue.


Samuel Holland <>

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