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Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:48:37 -0700
From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Rich Felker <>
Cc: James B <>,,  Johannes Schindelin <>,  Jeff King <>,
Subject: Re: Re: Regression: git no longer works with musl libc's regex impl

Rich Felker <> writes:

> 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
> extensions".

The latter is exactly what Makefile patch that brought this change
says, I think.

    # Define NO_REGEX if your C library lacks regex support with REG_STARTEND
    # feature.

Before the series updated the message to the above, we used to say:

    # Define NO_REGEX if you have no or inferior regex support in your C library.

which _was_ unfair to those who needed to set NO_REGEX for whatever
reason.  It was totally unclear "inferior" relative to what standard
the message was passing its harsh judgement on your C library.

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