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Re: [Nmh-workers] character sets and localization

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] character sets and localization
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:57:50 -0500

>> Is there an alternative out there to the GNU iconv implementation?
>> It's not exactly the most portable piece of code to non-linux hosts.
>> (E.g.  I've been fighting with it on MacOS recently.)
>Some other systems, e.g. Solaris, come with their own iconv. It's often
>better to use these instead of GNU libiconv in part because they are
>more likely to make sense of whatever nl_langinfo(CODESET) outputs (this
>is quite variable in the case of plain ASCII). I'm not sure whether GNU
>libiconv is the same thing as the glibc one. I've also got no idea about
>what Mac OS comes with.

On my MacOS X system ...

% grep LIBICONV_VERSION /usr/include/iconv.h
#define _LIBICONV_VERSION 0x010B    /* version number: (major<<8) + minor */

So at least on newer MacOS X systems, no porting of iconv is required.


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