[CFT] BSDL iconv in base system

Konrad Jankowski lichave at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 14:50:48 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM, Gleb Kurtsou <gleb.kurtsou at gmail.com> wrote:
> On (15/06/2010 02:13), Gabor Kovesdan 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
>> Any comments, suggestions or bugreports are very welcome.
> Awesome! Thanks for working on it.
> Are there any plans to resurrect/finish multibyte collation support
> GSoC'2008 project:
> http://wiki.freebsd.org/KonradJankowski/Collation

Hi. The project is not dead. I've resumed actively working on it.
Expect some patches/commits soon.


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