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Re: [bug-gawk] Exposing wcwidth(3) as a built-in function

From: Andrew J. Schorr
Subject: Re: [bug-gawk] Exposing wcwidth(3) as a built-in function
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:03:46 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Hi Eric,

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 02:33:20PM -0800, Eric Pruitt wrote:
> As far as I can tell, GAWK does not expose wcwidth(3) which surprises me
> since AWK specializes in processing text. I know I could implement this
> myself using an extension, but has exposing wcwidth(3) as a built-in
> function been considered in the past? If so, is there any particular
> reason it was rejected / not implemented?

I don't think the wcwidth function has ever been discussed in the past. I think
the current philosophy is generally to add new functionality in extensions
whenever possible, to avoid adding unnecessary complexity and maintenance
challenges to core gawk.


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