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Re: [Lynx-dev] non-ascii characters in URLs

From: Keith Bowes
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] non-ascii characters in URLs
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:27:50 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Je 2012-Jan-02 je 20:01, Klaus-Peter Wegge skribis:
> Dear Lynx Team,
> URLs with non-ascii characers are getting more popular in Europe.
> For example: http://www.hö (German site).
> lynx releases (2.8.6 and 2.8.7) cannot deal with such URLs on my suse or
> debian mashines, while various grafic browsers and even LINKS on the
> same systems can handel such URLs. More precisely:
> lynx cannot connect the remote host for this URLs.

I don't know what the other people are doing wrong.  That URL works for
me in Firefox.  It only works in Lynx when I get the ASCII
representation via the idn command-line program (that is, .  One wonders why Lynx
is built with libidn [1] if it can't accept that from either the command
line (where it escapes the domain name as if it were a file name) or in
the program itself (where no decoding is done).

[1] It's definitely linked with libidn:
$ ldd `which lynx` =>  (0xffffe000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb77e0000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb77cf000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb779c000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb7678000) => /lib/i686/ (0xb762f000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb75d6000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb7409000) => /lib/ (0xb7404000) => /lib/i686/ (0xb73ea000) => /lib/i686/ (0xb726c000)
        /lib/ (0xb77f9000)

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