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t/ remove unnecessary '^' from 'expr' regular expression

Regular expressions matched by 'expr' have an implicit '^' at the beginning
of them and so are anchored to the beginning of the string.  Using the '^'
character to mean "match at the beginning", is redundant and could produce
the wrong result if 'expr' implementations interpret the '^' as a literal
'^'.  Additionally, GNU expr 5.97 complains like this:

   expr: warning: unportable BRE: `^[a-z][a-z]*$': using `^' as the first character of the basic regular expression is not portable; it is being ignored

Signed-off-by: Brandon Casey <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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drafnel authored and gitster committed Jun 21, 2010
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@@ -9,7 +9,7 @@ test_expect_success 'determine default pager' '
test -n "$less"
-if expr "$less" : '^[a-z][a-z]*$' >/dev/null
+if expr "$less" : '[a-z][a-z]*$' >/dev/null
test_set_prereq SIMPLEPAGER

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