[syslog-ng] migrate over to PCRE?

Wolfram Schlich lists at wolfram.schlich.org
Fri Jul 4 12:16:33 CEST 2008

* Balazs Scheidler <bazsi at balabit.hu> [2008-06-30 16:42]:
> Dear syslog-ng users,
> The following text was written on my blog, but I'm reposting it here for
> a wider audience to read:
> As of now the development of the generic rewrite feature has been
> completed in one of my private git repositories. The new code uses PCRE
> and I'm somewhat undecided how to move forward with PCRE.
> For those who might not know PCRE is an implementation of regular
> expressions and is an acronym for "Perl Compatible Regular Expressions".
> PCRE adds a lot more features and seems to perform better than its POSIX
> equivalent.
> So the situation is as follows:
>       * various filters use POSIX regexps
>       * rewrite uses PCRE
> This is not a very consistent combination, thus I'm planning to add PCRE
> support for filters too. The only question is whether it is needed to
> have two independent regexp styles in syslog-ng in the long run.

PCRE only! Less hassle for you and less confusion for the users.
PCRE is superior to POSIX regexps in several ways, so who needs
POSIX REs when he can use PCRE these days anyway? :)
Wolfram Schlich <wschlich at gentoo.org>
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