Subject: Re: finger
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Kimmo Suominen <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/09/2002 09:16:21
I like this idea.  For euc-jp you'd get exactly the behaviour you get
with the old finger, but all the European users would be happier.

Any objections to going forward with this plan?  I'll put in comments
to remind what to rip out when there finally is a protocol extension
to finger.

+ Kim

| From:    Martin Husemann <>
| Date:    Mon, 09 Sep 2002 14:11:30 +0200
| > It actually does, in this part of the world at least. Other OSes passes
| > 8-bit without question (Solaris, Linux) which causes lot of complaints
| > about NetBSD not being able to do it.
| That's why I suggested to just declare "ISO-8859-1" as the official charset
| our fingerd sends - and hardcode that in finger too. (Note that this is
| different to the original approach which started this discussion.) One
| possible implementation in finger is to force output to ASCII if the user
| locale settings indicate anything different to ISO-8859-1, which would make
| itojuns output (in euc-jp) safe, since no shift/escape sequences could be
| triggered.
| It won't change much, make NetBSD interoperate better with other OSes and
| not prevent any steps towards a real solution. It is no real solution in
| itself though.
| Martin