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Re: [PATCH] IBM z/OS + EBCDIC support

From: Daniel Richard G.
Subject: Re: [PATCH] IBM z/OS + EBCDIC support
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:09:06 -0400

On Sat, 2015 Sep 26 23:59-0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Given all the problems mentioned (including some in the proposed
> patches), let's give up on trying to support any such folks.  If they
> want to build gnulib-using software on z/OS, they'll have to build
> with the default configuration in which char is unsigned.  It wouldn't
> be practical for us to try to support char being signed when standard
> chars have the top bit set.

I wasn't quite sure where to draw the "not worth the trouble" line,
but I think this is defensible.

> With that in mind I installed the attached further patch, which
> simplifies the recent changes to c-ctype quite a bit.

It's a shame; I was impressed by the work you had done to support the
signed chars. But in any event, test-c-ctype in Git d2de2a91 passes in
an unsigned-char EBCDIC build on z/OS, and that will hopefully remain
the case for a good long while.


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