[Geany-devel] What's the point of compiling geany without regex support?

Jiří Techet techet at xxxxx
Mon Aug 16 12:43:08 UTC 2010

2010/8/15 Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at uvena.de>:
> On Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:55:11 +1000, Lex wrote:
>>On 14 August 2010 22:17, Jiří Techet <techet at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I started implementing the idea of indenting based on regular
>>> expressions and have noticed that geany can be compiled without regex
>>> support. Obviously in this case the indent thing wouldn't work. I
>>> don't quite understand when someone would want to compile geany
>>> without regex. By default in configure.ac you use the system regex
>>> library. If it doesn't exist, geany is compiled without regex
>>> support. Why not to automatically fallback to using the regex
> If this is the case, it's a bug.
> At least IIRC the shipped regex support should be used as fallback. But
> I didn't use the autotools based build for ages.
> Anyway, the idea always was to build against the system's regex
> implementation if available and if not (like on Windows), fall back to
> the shipped mini implementation.
> The Waf based build system builds with the shipped mini implementation
> if the --enable-gnu-regex option is given.
> Otherwise it checks whether the system provides something usable and
> uses this and if not, it uses the shipped variant.
> If this doesn't work similar for the autotools, it's probably a bug.

I've checked the wscript and it seems to do the right thing. However
unless I miss something in configure.ac, you first check for system
regex library and then do:

# Use included GNU regex library
AC_ARG_ENABLE(gnu-regex, [AC_HELP_STRING([--enable-gnu-regex],
[compile with included GNU regex library  [default=no]])], ,

if test "x$enable_gnu_regex" = "xyes" ; then
	AC_DEFINE(USE_INCLUDED_REGEX, 1, [Define if included GNU regex code
should be used.])
	AC_DEFINE(HAVE_REGCOMP, 1, [Define if you have the 'regcomp' function.])

So if you don't use --enable-gnu-regex, the else branch is taken and
if HAVE_REGCOMP wasn't defined in the system then geany is compiled
without regex support. I can send a patch to fix that.

If we have regular expression support under any condition, then I
would also like to remove all the #ifdef HAVE_REGCOMP in geany
sources. There is also code like

	if (!NZV(regstr))
		geany_debug("No regex support - maybe you should configure with
	return FALSE;

which would be a dead code if HAVE_REGCOMP is always defined. Also I
don't want to code any fallback solution for the indentation code if
regex library is missing in the system.


> Regards,
> Enrico
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