State of Unicode collation support in FreeBSD?

Wolfgang Zenker wolfgang at
Tue Sep 10 09:39:44 UTC 2013

* David Demelier <demelier.david at> [130910 10:26]:
> 2013/8/28 Wolfgang Zenker <wolfgang at>:
>> [crossposted to -stable and -i18n]
>> could someone point me to infos regarding Unicode collation support in FreeBSD?
>> All I could find was but
>> that page has not been changed in more than two years. Looking at sources of
>> -current it doesn't look like those changes made it into the source tree yet.

> I think no one is really interested to add real UTF-8 support to
> Syscons. Currently you can get UTF-8 output by using Syscons xterm
> ttys (which is default) and set your appropriate locales. For input
> it's currently (unfortunately) not supported.

> If you use X.Org, then your fine using UTF-8.

There might be a misunderstanding: Collation is about ordering characters and
sorting strings. What we have in FreeBSD right now is support for input and
output of utf-8 characters, and with X11 and the right set of fonts they
display ok, and at least using vim editing utf-8 text works ok. But sorting
utf-8 strings yields "interesting" results as soon as you have non-ascii
characters in your strings.


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