bin/80530: man(1) should become Unicode aware

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Mon May 2 01:40:11 PDT 2005

>Number:         80530
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       man(1) should become Unicode aware
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Mon May 02 08:40:10 GMT 2005
>Originator:     Matthias Andree
>Release:        FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE i386
System: FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE #28: Sun Apr 24 10:56:21 CEST 2005 toor at i386

The man(1) utility allows some localization, by searching, for instance


Some languages however have several common encodings that are either upward
compatible or can be converted to a similar encoding with little (if any) loss
in information. For instance, German text can also losslessly(*) be represented
in ISO8859-2, ISO8859-15, several other ISO8859-* encodings and of course

The man utility should be able to automatically convert between UTF-8 and the
installed ISO8859* representation, so that ports do not have to install the
manual pages for every common encoding.

(*) minor differences affect special characters such as the 1/4 1/2 3/4
ligatures or the EUR currency symbol (0xA9 in ISO8859-15).
See Description.

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