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Re: [Bug-wget] GNU wget 1.17.1 released

From: Andries E. Brouwer
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] GNU wget 1.17.1 released
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:35:30 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 05:49:46PM +0100, Tim Rühsen wrote:
> Am Sonntag, 13. Dezember 2015, 18:01:16 schrieb Eli Zaretskii:
> > 
> > AFAICS, the patch you posted does not cover the discussion in its
> > entirety, or at least doesn't follow the agreement reached near its
> > end.  I proposed a method to deal with the problem reported by
> > Andries, in a way that will work on Windows as well:
> This was in the 'middle' of the ongoing dicussion. The whole thread
> consists of ~100 posts, having lot's of sub-threads. I am absolutely
> not sure about the outcoming.

The current state of affairs as I see it:

1. wget is seriously broken: the default invocation cannot download
   remote utf8 files to a local utf8 system.
   People have complained for over ten years, there are many bug reports.
   The reason is some old name-mangling that had an ISO 8859-2 origin,
   and is totally inappropriate for UTF-8.
   It is extremely easy to fix the problem. Just remove this old name mangling.
   The current problem may also be a security risk.

2. I submitted a Unix-only patch that works.

3. Eli Zaretskii discussed what should be done on Windows.
   We partly agree and partly disagree, but the details of our
   points of view are unimportant as there is no code for Windows.

4. Within a few days the problem can be fixed for wget on Unix.
   For Windows we need someone, Eli or someone else, willing to
   actually write the code. Or we need to wait for Tim's wget2
   (although it might be that there are problems there as well,
   since using iconv may be problematic).


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