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Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:46:35 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] handle ^ and $ in BRE subexpression start and end
 as anchors

On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 01:44:49AM +0100, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> In BRE, ^ is an anchor at the beginning of an expression, optionally
> it may be an anchor at the beginning of a subexpression and must be
> treated as a literal otherwise.
> Previously musl treated ^ in subexpressions as literal, but at least
> glibc and gnu sed treats it as an anchor and that's the more useful
> behaviour: it can always be escaped to get back the literal meaning.
> Same for $ at the end of a subexpression.
> Portable BRE should not rely on this, but there are sed commands in
> build scripts which do.
> This changes the meaning of the BREs:
> 	\(^a\)
> 	\(a\|^b\)
> 	\(a$\)
> 	\(a$\|b\)
> ---
> bit hackish solution, but turns out ctx->re was not used for anything
> else than to detect if ^ was at the start of a full bre, changed that
> to start of a subexpr now.

The renaming of the member from re to start is to prove that there are
no other users that get broken by this? If so, I like that.


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