[FoRK] Slow grep

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Thu Mar 18 12:14:03 PST 2004


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Lucas Gonze writes:
> On Thursday, Mar 18, 2004, at 11:18 America/New_York, Dr. Robert J. 
> Harley wrote:
> 
> > As previously discussed here, grep (amongst others) is very slow on 
> > RH9.
> > There's now a fix here:
> >
> >   https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2004-083.html
> 
> So do this mean that the fix for RH9's performance problems is to patch 
> every utility out there?
> 
> Madness.

In fairness, they're just biting the UTF-8 bullet.  Same issue would apply
on any other linux distro once you've typed "export LANG=en_US.utf-8".

An equally valid workaround for english speakers is simply to set
locale to "C" and pretend there's no non-ASCII charsets out there ;)

(having said all that, due to other issues with RH's distros, I've
switched to Debian and haven't regretted it for one moment.  Plus
I get a holier-than-thou free-software bonus!)

- --j.
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