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Re: CVS commit: src/usr.bin/vis

On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 08:58:41PM +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:
 > On Thu, 14 Feb 2013, Christos Zoulas wrote:
 > >Modified Files:
 > >    src/usr.bin/vis: vis.c
 > >
 > >More fixes from J.R. Oldroyd:
 > >- In the call to strvisx() the count must be 1, not mbilen
 > > which can be 2 or 3 etc for a multibyte character.  This
 > > value is a count of characters - not bytes - to process.
 > > It even says characters in the man page.  In vis(3) I
 > > am interpreting this value to mean multibyte characters.
 > In general, the caller of str[n]vis[x] knows how many bytes of data
 > they have, but they do not know how many multibyte characters that
 > might represent.  If the man page talks about characters, that's
 > because it was written at a time when vis did not attempt to deal
 > with multibyte characters.  I think that we should revert to the
 > original semantics of lengths being measured in bytes, and adjust
 > both the man pages and callers appropriately.


David A. Holland

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