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Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:33:22 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To: James B <>
	Johannes Schindelin <>,
	Jeff King <>,
Subject: Re: Re: Regression: git no longer works with musl libc's
 regex impl

On Wed, Oct 05, 2016 at 09:06:25AM +1100, James B wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:08:33 +0200 (CEST)
> Johannes Schindelin <> wrote:
> > 
> > No, it is not. You quote POSIX, but the matter of the fact is that we use
> > a subset of POSIX in order to be able to keep things running on Windows.
> > 
> > And quite honestly, there are lots of reasons to keep things running on
> > Windows, and even to favor Windows support over musl support. Over four
> > million reasons: the Git for Windows users.
> > 
> Wow, I don't know that Windows is a git's first-tier platform now,
> and Linux/POSIX second. Are we talking about the same git that was
> originally written in Linus Torvalds, and is used to manage Linux
> kernel? Are you by any chance employed by Redmond, directly or
> indirectly?
> Sorry - can't help it.

I don't think the hostility and sarcasm are really needed here. But
what this does speak to is that users don't like feeling like their
platform is being treated as a second-class target, which is what it
feels like when you have to manually flip a switch to make git build.
This is especially unfriendly when the semantics of the switch come
across, at least to some users, as "your system regex is incomplete"
rather than "git can't use it because git depends on nonstandard


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