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Why do webfaction servers have such an old version of grep installed on them? (2.5.1)

Would I need to follow the "installing software from source" instructions to get the latest version on my machine?

Would I need to do anything afterwards to make the grep or egrep commands run the correct new version?

Is there any chance of the newest version being installed as default?

asked 09 Mar '11, 05:41

Acorn
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Why do webfaction servers have such an old version of grep installed on them? (2.5.1)

This is the version provided upstream by our OS (CentOS).

Would I need to follow the "installing software from source" instructions to get the latest version on my machine?

Yes.

Would I need to do anything afterwards to make the grep or egrep commands run the correct new version?

Nope. Installing it into your home directory will be all that's needed.

Is there any chance of the newest version being installed as default?

This is fairly unlikely. Chances are we'll only do this if/when CentOS upgrades their provided version.

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answered 09 Mar '11, 05:47

David L ♦♦
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Thanks for the explanation!

(09 Mar '11, 10:17) Acorn
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