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Russ Allbery
August 26, 2008 05:56
Re: Re-gaining 'O's
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"H.Merijn Brand" <> writes:

> All sounds reasonable, but I still see no easy way out of the failing
> tests. These smoke tests are there to check if the core modules function
> as they are expected to behave, not testing portability across systems.
> If that were the case, most open source test suites should fail before
> even starting the tests if they rely on libs like libiconv and gettext,
> as they have proven to be unavailable on many many systems by default
> (and I don't blame those systems).
> I applaud your reasoning and think you are right from the module point
> of view, but in the core test suite, the assumption that we are
> generating the man pages for other systems that are unlike the build
> system not supporting Unicode is a wrong assumption.

Then you should pass --utf8 to pod2man when building core documentation if
you want UTF-8 output.  That's exactly what the option is there for -- so
that people who know that they want the non-portable output can explicitly
request it.

Russ Allbery (             <>

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