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Ubuntu / Debian Install PCRE Library ( Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expression Library )

I need to compile few application and I need Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expression Library (PCRE). Under CentOS I can use a package called pcre-devel, but Debian do not have the same. How do I install pcre-devel under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?

Perl-compatible regular expression library. PCRE has its own native API, but a set of “wrapper” functions that are based on the POSIX API are also supplied in the library libpcreposix. Note that this just provides a POSIX calling interface to PCRE: the regular expressions themselves still follow Perl syntax and semantics. The header file for the POSIX-style functions is called pcreposix.h. To install PCRE, type thy following command:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install libpcre3 libpcre3-dev

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{ 9 comments… add one }
  • noobuntu November 29, 2010, 9:29 pm

    thank you sir!

  • Shaki Heighton June 16, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Hi, I’ve got a problem to install pcre in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ‘cuz I’m getting error message that the is not found. Do I need to enable/add some repository ?

    Thanks anyway …

    • Shaki Heighton June 16, 2011, 1:37 pm

      Hi, I’ve got a problem to install pcre in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ‘cuz I’m getting error message that the package is not found. Do I need to enable/add some repository ?

      Thanks anyway …

      • Samuel Thampy May 22, 2015, 1:11 pm

        Have you tried to update before installing.

  • arcus February 28, 2012, 10:35 am

    it resolved my problem
    I install passenger 3 for Ubuntu 11.04, error:
    PCRE could not be downloaded

  • EvilG November 22, 2012, 9:58 pm

    Thank you!

    Saved me a lot of trouble.

  • Revathi August 30, 2013, 11:20 am

    I have problem in install pcre. I give command in my terminal it saying,
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (13: Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?.

    • Samuel May 22, 2015, 1:10 pm

      You have to be root to install

  • csrgxtu February 25, 2014, 6:56 am

    thank you for solving my problem, i am using Lubuntu12.04 and want to install Nginx, when it appears a problem that says i don’t have a pcre lib.

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