[CFT] BSDL iconv in base system

Brandon Gooch jamesbrandongooch at gmail.com
Tue Jun 15 00:25:09 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 7:13 PM, Gabor Kovesdan <gabor at freebsd.org> wrote:
> Hello Folks,
> during the last summer, Google generously founded my Summer of Code project,
> which was providing a BSD-licensed iconv implementation for FreeBSD. I'm
> proud to announce that the work has been completed and a patch is available
> to add it to the base system.
> The results of this work are:
> - The Citrus implementation has been ported from NetBSD.
> - Some utilities have been added. There is a conversion table generator,
> which can compare conversion tables to reference data generated by GNU
> libiconv. This helps ensuring conversion compatibility.
> - UTF-16 surrogate support and some endianness issues have been fixed.
> - The rather chaotic Makefiles to build metadata have been refactored and
> cleaned up, now it is easy to read and it is also easier to add support for
> new encodings.
> - A bunch of new encodings and encoding aliases have been added.
> - Support for 1->2, 1->3 and 1->4 mappings, which is needed for
> transliterating with flying accents as GNU does, like "u.
> - Lots of warnings have been fixed, the major part of the code is now
> WARNS=6 clean.
> - New section 1 and section 5 manual pages have been added.
> - Some GNU-specific calls have been implemented: iconvlist(), iconvctl(),
> iconv_canonicalize(), iconv_open_into()
> - Support for GNU's //IGNORE suffix has been added.
> - The "-" argument for stdin is now recognized in iconv(1) as per POSIX.
> - The Big5 conversion module has been fixed.
> - The iconv.h header files is supposed to be compatible with the GNU
> version, i.e. sources should build with base iconv.h and GNU libiconv. I've
> just did a very quick test and it seems ports can safely link to GNU
> libiconv, there's no conflict.
> - Various cleanups and style(9) fixes.
> - A bachelor thesis written in Hungarian language:
> http://www.kovesdan.org/files/bsc_iconv.pdf
> The rather big patch (42,5M) is available here:
> http://www.kovesdan.org/patches/iconv_base_integrate.diff

Over 40 Megabytes?! WOW. Thank you for this incredible amount of work,
I know the FreeBSD community will benefit greatly from it.

I think this effort deserves some hardcore testing, so now to the
FreeBSD community -- I know it will get the attention it deserves :)


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