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

Nick Treleaven nick.treleaven at xxxxx
Mon Aug 16 16:02:45 UTC 2010

On Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:37:38 +0200
Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at uvena.de> wrote:

> >> 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 think configure.ac needs to be fixed to do this.

Then we can remove all #ifdef HAVE_REGCOMP lines (in fact we should
probably remove them anyway).


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