[arch-dev-public] ncurses todo list?

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Mon Jul 28 20:59:33 EDT 2008

Aaron Griffin wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 8:46 AM, Allan McRae <allan.mcrae at qimr.edu.au> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Does anybody have a ncurses build list?  I am building ncurses with only the
>> wide-character libraries which should hopefully clear up a few of the locale
>> issues with applications using it (e.g. FS#4418, FS#6384, FS#9872).  The
>> current situation is sort of between doing this and not (we have only the
>> wide character include files but both libraries).
>> After some initial problems (don't install an ncurses without a real
>> libncurses.so before fixing readline & bash!), I have this up and working
>> and most of the needed core rebuilds done.  I'm thinking I will push it to a
>> separate repo first so that I can get some testing of this by people with
>> other locales before I push it to [testing].
> Are you sure this actually fixes these issues? I suggested the same
> thing a while back, but Roman pointed out something regarding Cyrillic
> chars or something... I don't know the details, but it had to do with
> the fact that not all locales are really UTF friendly.

So I see....  (http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/4418#comment14208).  Am I 
100% percent sure? No.  But I am quite confident (say 97%). From what I 
have read wide-character libraries work with both multibyte and 8-bit 
locales, while normal libraries work only in 8-bit locales.  Anyway, 
that niggling 3% is why I don't want to push it directly to testing....

How about I completely rebuild the stuff in core and stick it 
somewhere.  Then people can make a testing chroot, install the 10 or so 
updated core packages and check that man pages work properly in their 
locales.  If that doesn't break, then I will go for the whole rebuild.

> Also, let me see if our old TODO lists have an ncurses list.

That would be great.  Thanks.


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