bin/183877: patch for /usr/src/usr.bin/fmt/ (not 8 bit clean) for German & French

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Tue Nov 12 01:20:04 UTC 2013

>Number:         183877
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       patch for /usr/src/usr.bin/fmt/ (not 8 bit clean) for German & French
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Nov 12 01:20:04 UTC 2013
>Originator:     Julian H. Stacey
>Release:        FreeBSD 10.0-BETA3 amd64
>Organization: BSD Linux Unix Consultancy, Munich/Muenchen.
System: FreeBSD 10.0-BETA3 FreeBSD 10.0-BETA3 #0: Mon Aug 20 18:20:09 CEST 2012 jhs at amd64

	<machine, os, target, libraries (multiple lines)>
	<precise description of the problem (multiple lines)>

	2003 I looked at fmt.c to make it 8 bit clean for 4.8-RELEASE,
	I was conservative & my patches did just a subset, I recall.

	I maintained patches since.

	2010 I posted to hackers@ Tue May 25 11:29:20 UTC 2010

	& got 1 comment:
	Christian's from Wed May 26 18:05:53 UTC 2010,

	I'm still using & maintaining patches through to current & 10.0-BETA3,

	Tonight 2 BSD people (cc'd) asked I'd sent patches, 
	so this also a send-pr.

	WRT Christian's comment from Wed May 26 18:05:53 UTC 2010,

	I don't know about ISO 8859-1 and UTF-8, (I dislike & avoid
	national char set stuff as much as possible), but I want
	to be able to edit files that simultaneously contain eg all
	of English German & French etc, so setting some var to eg
	just German would be inappropriate.  8 bit clean would be ideal,
	next best would be my patches I suppose.

	We no longer use 7 bit teletypes, & no longer need parity,
	so fmt.c could be made pretty much 8 bit clean, (apart from
	eg Null etc which'd doubtless be too much hastle).    - Or
	it can be tweaked to allow some chars as I recall I did,

	Options presumably are still the 4 from Tue May 25
	11:29:20 UTC 2010

	I assume either adopting Solution 1 (Discard "& 0x7f" ) or 
	Solution 2 (my patches) would not disrupt locale users,
	but would stop fmt failing on some 8 bit text.

	<code/input/activities to reproduce the problem (multiple lines)>
	Read the code

	<how to correct or work around the problem, if known (multiple lines)>
	Look at my posting
	& my patches

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