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From "Nico Seessle" <>
Subject Re: Need a non-english jikes user
Date Sat, 10 Mar 2001 22:03:31 GMT
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From: "Stephane" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 4:10 PM
Subject: Need a non-english jikes user

> Hello all,
> I got some troubles using jikes on my linux box.
> Every time i try to compile a java files containing accentuated characters
> (é,è,à,etc...) jikes gives the following error :
> jikes *.java
> *** Error: The value of this "String" literal is invalid. Perhaps it
> a bad escape sequence?
> I also tried to use the encoding option of jikes :
> jikes -encoding iso-8859-1 *.java
> and it gives the following error :
> Charset conversion error at offset 0: Argument list too long
> (it gives a similar error on every encodings i tried : us-ascii, fr, ...)
> Can someone help ?
> I would really appreciate to stop re-using javac :(

Not really, sorry. I can verify this bug (using german umlauts and something
I've cut from This problem seems to occur more often outside there
(for example there is a bug recorded in the debian bug-database).

The only way I can get this to work is to install ICU
l) on my system and recompile jikes to use that. Unfortunately they have a
bug in their CVS. If ICU is found a "#define HAVE_LIBICU..." is added to
config.h, but the sources use "#if defined(HAVE_LIB_ICU...". Next problem is
that it seems that it is not compatible with newer versions of ICU (searches
for, but ICU 1.7 installs

So the best thing will be to wait for the next Jikes release and hope they
fix it :-)


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