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Subject Re: [PATCH] APR wrapper for iconv
Date Tue, 18 Apr 2000 18:04:30 GMT
On Tue, 18 Apr 2000, Greg Stein wrote:

> On Tue, 18 Apr 2000 wrote:
> >...
> > > Jeff is fixing/improving a documented API. I see nothing wrong with that.
> > 
> > Except that there is a problem with tackling both problems at the same
> > time.  The EBCDIC -> ASCII problem must be solved before we can release
> > Apache 2.0, otherwise we regress functions.  The codepage conversion is a
> > MUCH bigger problem, and shouldn't be tackled at the same time.  This is
> > the same argument you have used for the config tree, so don't tell me it
> > is bogus.  The problem should be tackled in pieces, just as I
> > suggested.  Start with EBCDIC -> ASCII, and then and only then move on to
> > the next piece.
> Agreed -- dividing the problem is usually The Right Thing(tm). If Jeff's
> current changes don't muck up the EBCDIC work, then there shouldn't be a
> problem. He's just adding stuff that wasn't otherwise planned.
> That still leaves the EBCDIC work to be done by somebody -- the same state
> we are in now. Whether Jeff, Martin, or somebody else does those, then
> we're happy. But (hopefully) Jeff's changes will not preclude those future
> changes.
> It's a good thing that you raise the point, so that Jeff can review his
> stuff to ensure that the EBCDIC work won't get hosed. It doesn't look like
> he is changing any of the prototypes -- just the names.

I'm not sure we are talking about the same thing, so I want to make
sure.  Jeff is working on the EBCDIC stuff AFAIK.  And for the platforms
that need iconv, Jeff's code is good once the macro concerns are taken
care of.

The side that I would rather see shelved until the EBCDIC stuff is done is
the codepage tranlations that aren't EBCDIC related.  Stuff like
tranlating ASCII to UTF-8.  This is a big problem space and I would rather
see it tackled after the EBCDIC to ASCII stuff is finished.

I think that's what you said above, but I wanted to make sure.  :-)


Ryan Bloom               
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