Subject: Re: Unicode support in kernel
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Noriyuki Soda <email@example.com>
Date: 10/15/1999 14:47:28
> Why do you need Unicode support in the kernel? The tables are a
> lot of crap to stow in the kernel.
Yes. I'd like to avoid it, but...
At least, Long filename extenstion to MS-DOS FAT filesystem requires
Unicode support in kernel, since it encodes filename as both UCS-2 and
codepage-dependent-codeset. Thus, for example, if userland specified
a filename as Shift_JIS, kernel has to translate it to Unicode, and
the reverse is also true.
I suppose Joliet extention to CD9660 filesystem has same problem.
NTFS doesn't have this problem, though.
> The Mac OS X filesystem API's are all still char*. What we do is
> we treat char* strings as UTF8. Read Unicode from disk as UTF8 and
> present that to userland. Higher-level toolbox calls deal with the
> translation buisiness in user space.
Traditionally, encoding of UFS is not defined, and is locale dependent,
how does Mac OS X solve this problem?
How does Mac OS X support Shift_JIS encoded legacy hfs?