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Re: [Bug-wget] GNU wget 1.17.1 released

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] GNU wget 1.17.1 released
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:01:27 +0200

> Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:35:30 +0100
> From: "Andries E. Brouwer" <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>, address@hidden
> 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).

My memory is different: we agreed that iconv should be used.  Doing
that should be portable, and quite simple.

If no one is going to pick up the gauntlet, I will sit down and do it
myself, although I'm terribly busy with Emacs 25.1 release.  But
PLEASE do not release code that unnecessarily leaves Windows out of
this, it's simply unjustified in this case.  Especially after so much
time was invested into discussing this and arriving at the right


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