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Re: Unicode characters in tail and head

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Unicode characters in tail and head
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:21:57 -0700
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According to address@hidden on 2/11/2010 6:10 AM:
> Hello!
> My question is the following:
> Will there be a '-m' or '--chars' option for tail and head? Because, when
> processing Unicode, the -c (--bytes) option isn't very useful.

Eventually, when someone contributes a maintainable patch that does not
bloat the code size and that is still efficient for unibyte locales, then
yes, we would like to support multibyte character processing in the
various text-based utilities.  Several vendors already have add-on patches
that add support along this front, but their implementations have not yet
qualified as worth merging upstream.  Patches are welcome.

> PS: I did some searching on this topic but I found no answer - if this was 
> asked and answered before, I appologize for wasting your time.

Yes, this has come up frequently on the list.

Don't work too hard, make some time for fun as well!

Eric Blake             address@hidden

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