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Re: [PATCH] replace 0xA0 to whitespace in plain text files (part 2)
On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 06:57:53PM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> I can share an anecdote on that, which I recently run into with nvi
> compiled from pkgsrc on a Debian system: When saving a file from a
> non-default locale (say, when you've read a Latin1 file with UTF8 as
> default), nvi starts saving the file, and aborts when it comes to the
> Latin1 character. After that, the on-disk file is truncated, and the file
> in the editor cannot be saved. ``Thank you for killing my file!''
That sucks big-time.
It makes me think even more that UTF-8 is completely inappropriate
for a system-wide locale on any unix system.
Clearly some documents and strings can be in UTF-8, but that has to
be a known property of the string. It isn't appropriate that
any string a program obtains can be assumed to be UTF-8.
David Laight: david%l8s.co.uk@localhost
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