Subject: Re: bin/23853: sed's "regular expressions" suck
To: None <>
From: Christian Biere <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 12/23/2003 23:08:39
[ Please, don't set Reply-To to invalid addresses! ] wrote:
> >Synopsis:       sed's "regular expressions" suck

> sed's "regular expressions" are downright embarassing.
> There are no alternations "|", no "+", no '?', not much of anything.

I think you missed the parameter -E.
> >How-To-Repeat:


They'd work, if you used -E.

> >Fix:
> Incidentally, I found this while trying to port Linux's "killall", from
> their psmisc SRPM.

We have pkill just like Solaris.

> Their sed handles regexps just fine.

"Their" /bin/sh is bash. So what? If there's an open standard which
says that sed should use regular expressions even with no parameters,
that's an argument.