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Re: [bug-gnu-libiconv] trivial/cosmetic bugs for iconv 1.11

From: amores perros
Subject: Re: [bug-gnu-libiconv] trivial/cosmetic bugs for iconv 1.11
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:28:00 +0000

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gnu-libiconv] trivial/cosmetic bugs for iconv 1.11
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 01:08:12 +0200

Perry Rapp wrote:
> >These two files have already been removed from the libiconv CVS; they
> >will not be contained in libiconv-1.12 any more.
> Did you replace them with another method of
> providing version info in the windows dlls, and if so,
> may I ask out of curiosity what method?

Yes, and the implemented method is even platform independent:
<iconv.h> declares a variable 'int _libiconv_version' that is defined
in the shared library. Write a C program that prints the value, link
it with the library, and run it.

That sounds very useful for the developers, but I'm not sure
about the much larger population of end users -- with this
new system, how will endusers include version info for dlls
when they post support requests or bug reports, or when
they're talking over the phone to some friend or helper?

Does the suite include a special custom version checker
they have to use for gettext dlls? (It will be unfortunate
to have the getttext dll versions be not like all other
dlls on windows, but it would be nice if there were
at least some solution of some kind for endusers,
even if custom.)

> (It is a slightly academic question, because I don't
> think I can compile recent iconv versions anyway,
> until the mingw project releases a working installer,

The binaries of mingw.org worked for me recently.

Excellent. I'll have to retry them at some point.

The last time I tried, which was a while back,
I found that their program ran for hours downloading
many packages, hit a bug, and immediately
deleted all the files it had spent hours downloading;
when I discovered that was a design decision,
I gave up on that program at that time. :)

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