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Re: Multibyte awareness in coreutils

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Multibyte awareness in coreutils
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 08:24:06 -0700
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According to Josef Hintergger on 12/9/2006 2:01 AM:
> Hi Eric,

Actually, it's a better idea if you post to the mailing list, rather than
random developers.  I hope you don't mind that I redirected this mail

> I have noticed your remark in coreutils/TODO. One starting point could
> be to look how the issue was solved in gawk, which is multibyte aware
> since 3.1.5.

I am not the primary maintainer for coreutils, so it is not my call as to
whether a multibyte patch is good enough for inclusion.  I am aware that
several distros have provided such patches, but none of them meet the two
critical points that it must not penalize speed on single-byte locales,
and it must be an easy-to-use framework across all affected apps that need
to handle multibyte.

> I believe that the correct working of coreutils with multibyte locales
> is very important, one spot check with AIX expr showed that expr returns
> the correct length of an UTF-8-string since discontinued version AIX 4.3.3!

Then how about showing how you feel by contributing a patch?

> Greetings from Austria
> Joe Hinteregger

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