Debian Bug report logs - #587930
Man page references acronyms which are not repeated later

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Package: grep; Maintainer for grep is Anibal Monsalve Salazar <>; Source for grep is src:grep.

Reported by: Chris Butler <>

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 21:48:01 UTC

Severity: minor

Tags: patch

Found in version grep/2.6.3-3

Fixed in version grep/2.8-2

Done: Santiago Ruano Rincón <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to, Anibal Monsalve Salazar <>:
Bug#587930; Package grep. (Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:48:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Chris Butler <>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Anibal Monsalve Salazar <>. (Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:48:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Chris Butler <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: Man page references acronyms which are not repeated later
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 22:44:52 +0100
[Message part 1 (text/plain, inline)]
Package: grep
Version: 2.6.3-3
Severity: minor
Tags: patch

In the man page for grep, the description of the -E option reads:

       -E, --extended-regexp
                     Interpret PATTERN as an extended regular expression
                     (ERE, see below).
When I read this, it suggested to me that by searching for "ERE", I would go
straight to the section below that discussed them. However, the acronym is
not repeated again, so this fails. The same goes for "BRE".

My suggestion (patch attached) would be to add the acronyms again at the
beginning of the REGULAR EXPRESSIONS section, to make jumping to that
section in a pager much easier. I also added the PCRE acronym to the
option/description Perl-compatible REs, just for completeness.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages grep depends on:
ii  dpkg                   Debian package management system
ii  install-info              4.13a.dfsg.1-5 Manage installed documentation in 
ii  libc6                     2.11.2-1       Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib

grep recommends no packages.

Versions of packages grep suggests:
ii  libpcre3                      7.8-3      Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expressi

-- no debconf information

Chris Butler <>
  GnuPG Key ID: 4096R/49E3ACD3
[man-ere-reference.patch (text/x-diff, attachment)]

Reply sent to Santiago Ruano Rincón <>:
You have taken responsibility. (Tue, 31 May 2011 18:27:10 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Chris Butler <>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Tue, 31 May 2011 18:27:10 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Santiago Ruano Rincón <>
Subject: Bug#587930: fixed in grep 2.8-2
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 18:17:13 +0000
Source: grep
Source-Version: 2.8-2

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
grep, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to main/g/grep/grep_2.8-2.debian.tar.gz
  to main/g/grep/grep_2.8-2.dsc
  to main/g/grep/grep_2.8-2_i386.deb
  to main/g/grep/grep_2.8.orig.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Santiago Ruano Rincón <> (supplier of updated grep package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
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administrators by mailing

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Format: 1.8
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 19:05:48 +0200
Source: grep
Binary: grep
Architecture: source i386
Version: 2.8-2
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Anibal Monsalve Salazar <>
Changed-By: Santiago Ruano Rincón <>
 grep       - GNU grep, egrep and fgrep
Closes: 587930
 grep (2.8-2) unstable; urgency=low
   * Applying patch to improve reference acronyms in man page. Thanks to
     Chris Butler. (Closes: #587930)
   * Bump Standars-Version to 3.9.2. No changes needed
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