[GSoC] About the idea: Unicode support in vi
shuvaev at physik.uni-wuerzburg.de
Wed Mar 23 15:06:42 UTC 2011
On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 02:38:20PM +0100, Matthias Andree wrote:
> Am 23.03.2011 10:13, schrieb Alexey Shuvaev:
> > On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 12:39:44AM -0500, Zhihao Yuan wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> I'm a Computer Science student at Northern Illinois University, and I
> >> used FreeBSD for a long time. I'm interested in the idea that to
> >> improve the nvi in the base system. My proposal is slightly different:
> >> I want to fork nvi and make it iconv-awared (or mbyte-mode tunable,
> >> like tcsh), so that it can deal with more encodings. Can that be a
> >> GSoC project proposal?
> > +1 here!
> > ports/editors/nvi-devel is another starting point here. As far as I understand
> > it is a further development of nvi which is in base. What I don't like
> > about it is a dependency on databases/db3 and changed (worse, in my opinion)
> > handling of keystrokes in 'insert' mode. But it is iconv-aware implementation
> > already.
> nvi-devel is bit-rotten. Most releases date from 2004, and there was a
> patchlevel-release in 2007 apparently, since then it's been left to bit rot.
> I'm thinking about just killing databases/db3 and see what happens with
> nvi-devel. I tried convincing it to work with db41, and while it
> compiles, it somehow abuses Berkeley DB in a way I don't see during
> debugging and barfs with "Invalid argument" on a DB->open call on a
> recovery file.
> Also, the documentation says it depends on 3.1, but then we've been
> using 3.3 for ages, but even the first release of nvi-devel to use
> Berkeley DB was released when 4.2 was already out. There seems to be
> some code to make it work (which in itself is buggy it uses broken
> comparisons for its version checks), but it doesn't work for reasons I
> don't see with gdb. Berkeley DB doesn't like the way it's being used
> and errors out with EINVAL. However, I don't care enough to build a
> debug-enabled version of Berkeley DB to see where abandoned nvi-devel
> might abuse bdb.
Yes, nvi-devel is not developed any more, but I was saying that nvi
in base is even older than nvi-devel, and it is worth looking at
it. At least for the iconv support. As for the BDB, maybe strip it just
out, if possible?
> vim works for me, supports Unicode, and for "fewer dependencies", we
> have vim-lite.
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