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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Compilation error when build libxml2.
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:27:09 GMT
I found the problem.  It is a little more involved.

Here is the procedure that did not parse correctly:

lines 291-296 of testapi.c:

  291: static xmlChar gen_xmlChar(int no, int nr ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED) {
  292:     if (no == 0) return('a');
  293:     if (no == 1) return(' ');
  294:     if (no == 2) return((xmlChar) 'ΓΈ');
  295:     return(0);
  296: }

Do you see the small letter "o" with stroke in the character literal in line 294?

This is from Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition.  I also opened it in jEdit, which tells me when
files are not in my preferred default of UTF-8.  I was able to confirm that this particular
file is in ISO 8859-1 single-byte format.  

That means the character is the same as U+00F8.  I extracted that much and checked in a Hex
Viewer and it is indeed 0xF8 in that position.

So here is the replacement:

  294:     if (no == 2) return((xmlChar) 0xF8); /* Small Letter O with Stroke */

That's the name for Unicode code point U+00F8.  

It is probably a matter of the compiler being de-railed by non-C-Locale printable characters
or other character-set encoding and detection issues.

You might encounter more of these.

 - Dennis

[That was the easy part.  I then had to figure out how to rebuild that monster tar.gz.  WinZip
will extract them, but not make them.  Fortunately, the Windows 7 Ultimate POSIX Subsystem
has bash and I
could figure it out reading the man pages for tar and pax (my favorite from many years ago).

I notice that my file is bigger.  It may well be a result of replacing tabs by spaces in testapi.c,
since the growth is by more than 50k bytes in that 1.4MB file.  I didn't attempt to fix that.

You can safely conclude that this is the first time I ever committed anything to any Apache
code base.]

-----Original Message-----
From: Zhe Liu [] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 18:24
Subject: Compilation error when build libxml2.

I got compilation errors on windows in the module "libxml2".
..\testapi.c(294) : error C2001: newline in constant
..\testapi.c(295) : error C2143: syntax error : missing ')' before 'return'

The cause is that one single quotation mark is missed on the line no.
294 of testapi.c in the
Anybody can help to fix it? I'm not a committer.
Best Regards

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