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Re: libnettle/libhogweed WIP

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: libnettle/libhogweed WIP
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:25:43 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> You can have predictability if you bind coding-system-for-write to
> whatever you want.

Why would the casual coder do that?  He'll just call the primitive, see
that it works for his use-case and not even realize that there's some
encoding/decoding, encouraging him along to way to overlook the big
difference between strings of chars and strings of bytes.

And by the time that carelessness bites the user, it'll be a lot more
difficult to track down its source and fix it, because the
misunderstanding will have carried over various parts of the design of
his code.  Lars understands this very well because Gnus's code is full
of such problems.


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