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Re: [PATCH] Use UTF-8 active code page for Windows host.

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Use UTF-8 active code page for Windows host.
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2023 17:37:20 +0200

> Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2023 16:38:08 +0200
> From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org>
> Cc: bug-make@gnu.org
> > From: Costas Argyris <costas.argyris@gmail.com>
> > Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2023 13:42:52 +0000
> > Cc: bug-make@gnu.org
> > 
> > Also, since the above experiments seem to suggest that we are not
> > dropping existing support for non-ASCII characters in programs
> > called by Make, it seems like a clear step forwards in terms of
> > Unicode support on Windows.
> I agree.

Btw, there's one aspect where Make on MS-Windows will probably fall
short of modern Posix systems: the display of non-ASCII characters on
the screen.  Such as the "Entering directory FOO" and echo of the
commands being run by Make.  A typical Windows console (a.k.a.
"Command Prompt" window) can display non-ASCII characters only from a
handful of scripts due to limitations of the fonts used for these
windows, and in addition displaying UTF-8 encoded characters in these
windows using printf etc. doesn't work well.  So users who use such
non-ASCII characters in their Makefiles should expect a lot of
mojibake on the screen.

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