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Subject: Re: [boost] [filesystem][cygwin] Standard conformance for wide characters
From: Emil Dotchevski (emildotchevski_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-01-14 14:40:51

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 5:56 AM, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM, Emil Dotchevski
>> Is it true that had the interface of boost::filesystem been defined in
>> terms of utf8, then the only platform on which wchar_t support would
>> have been instrumental is Windows, and we wouldn't have had problems
>> with Cygwin?
> The problem isn't so much the interface as the internals. Windows'
> native character type for file names is wchar_t.

I was thinking that had the boost::filesystem interface been defined
in terms of UTF-8, then on Cygwin, Unicode file names would have
passed through boost::filesystem flawlessly, only to fail at Cygwin
level due to lack of UTF-8 support (in Cygwin.)

But that would have been their problem, not ours, and we wouldn't be
talking about dropping (all) Cygwin support.


Emil Dotchevski
Reverge Studios, Inc.

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