[links-list] Why links has its own iconv?

Mikulas Patocka mikulas at artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz
Thu Feb 15 04:09:39 PST 2001


> Hi there,
> 
>   It seems that links use its own charset converter in charsets.c.
> Why links does not use iconv provided by the system? The converter
> in charsets.c is too simple and won't handle double byte charaecters
> like Chinese. And there are lot more charset out there that need
> supports. 
> 
> glibc 2.2 provides converting most charsets to utf-8.
> And any decent system should provider iconv in system library.
> Why not use iconv provided by the system?

Using glibc-2.2 features would cause that links would work only on
glibc-2.2 linux.

Mikulas


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