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Re: [Nmh-workers] General question - unsupported charset conversion

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] General question - unsupported charset conversion
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:35:44 -0800

On Feb 28, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> wrote:

> Fair enough ... but iconv() is part of POSIX, so assuming that it's available
> is reasonable (if you don't have iconv(), we basically give up in terms of
> handling different character sets).

Sadly, iconv() in practice is a nightmare.  The versions shipped with base OS 
systems vs. how applications expect to see the gnu-ized version(s) makes it 
impossible to keep a clean build environment in the face of the two.  (I just 
spent two days fighting this battle porting code to FreeBSD.)

Sucking in a POSIX-compliant iconv lets us be consistent everywhere.  And if 
ours is tightly POSIX compliant, we are no more wrong than anyone else.


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