[TUHS] Short history of 'grep'

Tony Finch dot at dotat.at
Mon Feb 1 20:48:04 AEST 2016

Mary Ann Horton <mah at mhorton.net> wrote:

> It's not a typo.
> When I tell this story to nontechical folks, I prefix it with the brief note
> that fgrep ought to be fastest, because it's simple, and egrep ought to be
> slowest, because it's complex, but in reality fgrep is slowest and egrep is
> fastest.  Otherwise the story makes no sense.

Does fgrep win if you are matching lots of fixed strings?


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