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Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:23:40 -0400
From: Jeff King <>
To: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <>
Cc: Johannes Schindelin <>,
	Rich Felker <>, Git <>,
Subject: Re: Regression: git no longer works with musl libc's regex impl

On Thu, Oct 06, 2016 at 09:18:29PM +0200, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 6:08 PM, Johannes Schindelin
> <> wrote:
> > As to making NO_REGEX conditional on REG_STARTEND: you are talking about
> > apples and oranges here. NO_REGEX is a Makefile flag, while REG_STARTEND
> > is a C preprocessor macro.
> >
> > Unless you can convince the rest of the Git developers (you would not
> > convince me) to simulate autoconf by compiling an executable every time
> > `make` is run, to determine whether REG_STARTEND is defined, this is a
> > no-go.
> But just to clarify, does anyone have any objection to making our
> compile a C program to check for this sort of thing?
> Because that seems like the easiest solution to this class of problem.

No, I think that is the exact purpose of and autoconf.

It would be neat if we could auto-fallback during the build. Rich
suggested always compiling compat/regex.c, and just having it be a noop
at the preprocessor level. I'm not sure if that would work, though,
because we'd have to include the system "regex.h" to know if we have
REG_STARTEND, at which point it is potentially too late to compile our
own regex routines (we're potentially going to conflict with the system


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