grep 2.5.4 fmbtest test failure

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop73 at
Wed Mar 10 10:55:45 PST 2010

On 10 March 2010 00:43, Ken Moffat <zarniwhoop73 at> wrote:
> On 9 March 2010 23:40, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at> wrote:
>> Ken submitted the patch two years ago against grep 2.5.3.  The purpose
>> of the patch was
>> Description: Various fixes, particularly speed improvements for UTF-8
>> locales. Also adds a 'standard input' marker into the results for
>> certain obscure uses.

 There are still reports of slowness in bug-grep, but I'm optimistic that
2.6 might improve things.

 The problem is that if you grep a large (text) file in a UTF-8 locale,
the elapsed time increases.  Unfortunately, I don't have any large
files with multi-byte characters.  With a 500KB+ file containing
ASCII (the syslog), there is a small slowdown  but I suspect part of
that might be from loading the new environment.

 Looking at debian's 2.5.4-4, which I believe is their latest, the patches
are 60, 61, 63,64,65, 66,67 and now 69 (which is newer).  If I don't
apply the patches, the testsuite is happy.  If I do apply them, it fails
as noted.

 Bruce,  which patch are you using ?

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