Full Unicode Support for FreeBSD

Gergely CZUCZY phoemix at harmless.hu
Tue Mar 16 10:24:33 UTC 2010

On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:49:16 +0100
Dominic Fandrey <kamikaze at bsdforen.de> wrote:

> On 12/03/2010 19:23, 葉佳威 Jiawei Ye wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 1:43 AM, Elmar Stellnberger
> > <elmstel at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Isn`t it time for FreeBSD to fully support Unicode/UTF-8 by now?
> >> It is considered to be standard charset by now. XML uses it by
> >> default. If you are working with texts in different languages
> >> there is no alternative to UTF-8.
> >> If you chat with a Linux machine you can easily run into charset
> >> troubles if you are
> >> still using the old iso-8859-1.
> >>
> >> By now it is no problem to activate UTF-8 for your console.
> >> However a comprehensive Unicode support would require much more:
> >> i.e. configuring all user packages like KDE for Unicode support and
> >> asserting that also file names (f.i. from ext2 partitions) are
> >> interpreted correctly.
> > Do you have a concrete example of how FreeBSD fails to support
> > UTF-8? I have been setting my LANG to zh_TW.UTF-8 for years without
> > problem with modern software. As this is the ports list, I guess
> > you have some issues with the software in the ports collection?
> I second this. I've been using en_GB.UTF-8 since 5.3. Even the file
> system can deal with UTF-8 encoded file names. I tried to create
> files with Arabian, Chinese, Russian and other characters.
> It all worked.

I think he is referring to the syscons. Syscons lacks UTF supports,
though some work is being done:

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