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bug#26193: [0-9] versus [[:digit:]]

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#26193: [0-9] versus [[:digit:]]
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:28:05 -0700

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 7:09 PM, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> John P. Linderman wrote:
>> Using what is to me the more obvious [0-9] pattern takes almost 50 times
>> as
>> long as using the [[:digit:]] pattern. Seems very strange.
> Thanks for reporting that. In general, patterns like [a-z] can be much
> slower than [[:lower:]] due to poorly-thought-out POSIX interfaces. However,
> [0-9] is a special case: we can optimize such patterns safely if both ends
> are ASCII digits. I installed the attached patch to Gnulib to do that; it
> fixes the performance glitch you noticed, at least for me.

Thank you, Paul. I confirmed that that solves it for me, too, with a
multibyte locale. I didn't reproduce it initially because I was using

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