In my mind the problem that Brian raised is that ereg is slow.
The solution is not to ban eregi but to fix it by performance tuning
the C code.
Just my 2c worth.
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> > That is why I am asking. Is there a core reason that the ereg functions
> > have to be there? I could extend this to other functions as well of
> > But this set in particular I have wondered about.
> 1) There was no PCRE library when I first added regex support to PHP.
> Henry Spencer's regex library, although not my initial choice, was
> chosen because that is what came bundled with Apache.
> 2) The ereg_* functions implement the Posix 1003.2 extended regular
> expression standard. The same regular expressions found in the
> Unix command line utils like grep, egrep and fgrep. The preg_*
> functions support the perverted Perl-style regular expressions.
> 3) Removing the ereg_* functions would cause a backward compatibility
> nightmare. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of scripts out
> there would have to be converted.
> 4) If you are using Apache you already have the library linked in anyway.
> Removing PHP support wouldn't save you any "bloat". Not that this
> "bloat" is at all significant on any modern OS with shared pages.
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