Subject: Re: pkg/21040 (libintl management in packages)
To: None <,,>
From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 10/04/2006 11:45:02
The following reply was made to PR pkg/21040; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: pkg/21040 (libintl management in packages)
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 13:37:55 +0200

 On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 09:40:02PM +0000, Quentin Garnier wrote:
 >  Could you please at least read the contents of the PR?  In that case it
 >  was the issue of gettext not being able to parse UTF-8 locales.  AFAICT,
 >  pkgsrc doesn't work around that issue.  And there is no way for the user
 >  to know about the issue until a number of packages are already built,
 >  which is even more of a pain.
 *sigh* Yes, I give that back. The problem mentioned and discussed is
 specific to the locale settings and message catalogs used by programs.
 The newer libintl versions support automatic conversion -- the older
 don't. The problem mentioned was related to including,
 and whether or not the pkgsrc version is used depends on PREFER_PKGSRC.
 There is no notion of "application wants to have magic UTF8 conversion",
 since that's an optional feature and could be handled by converting the
 message catalogs before to all desired locales. So again, this is *not*
 application specific and we *do* have the mechanism to handle it.
 Given that UTF8 locales without working iconv will create more than
 enough problems anyway, I don't consider this a typical setup of unaware
 users and more a regression of older NetBSD releases. In that sense, it
 is a documentation issue for those.