[tex-live] locale dependent writing to log/terminal is *broken*

Vladimir Volovich vvv at vsu.ru
Sat Sep 20 19:14:42 CEST 2003

"TE" == Thomas Esser writes:

 TE> If TeX would not consider all the locale stuff, it would finally
 TE> call putc (Xchr (c)).  Olaf's intention was to make this depend
 TE> on the locale, so that only those characters come to the
 TE> terminal, that are printable.

 TE> Obviously, the character to check is Xchr (c) and not c
 TE> itself. That's all that I want to say. Simplifying the code, one
 TE> could write the buggy stuff as

 TE>   if isprint(c) printf (Xchr (c)) else "print c with ^^ notation"

BTW, nowadays it's not uncommon to have utf-8 (multibyte) encoding on
the terminal. i wonder, if this per-byte printability checking is a
correct way to do. If not, maybe it's better to just output 8-bit
chars to terminal and log independently on locale?


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