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bug#7372: fmt and multi-byte encodings

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#7372: fmt and multi-byte encodings
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:01:02 +0000
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On 11/11/10 09:32, Ineiev wrote:
> Hello;
> Today I fed a text in Russian in UTF-8 to fmt
> and discovered that the utility counts the line width
> in bytes rather than in characters (the lines written in
> Cyrillics were roughly twice as short as the lines
> written in Latin script), which was not what I wanted.
> I checked fmt from coreutils-8.6.
> As a workaround, I could iconv the text into a single-byte
> encoding like KOI8-R, but I would limit the character
> set then.
> I've never used fmt before personally, so actually I'm not
> sure whether it was a bug or I did something wrong.
> Any hints?

We're starting to apply multi-byte support,
so hopefully this will be fixed soon.

$ echo "1 2 æ 4 5 6" | fmt -w6
1 2
æ 4
5 6

That is with the official fedora
version of `fmt`


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