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Re: Bug#349938: Encoding of manpages

On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:57:40PM +0100, Nicolas François wrote:
> Hello,
> In rpm 4.4.1-5, the Korean man pages are encoded in UTF-8.
> Can you check if they are displayed correctly in a Korean environment.
> IMO, they should be encoded in EUC-KR, however iconv fails to recode the
> rpm man page to EUC-KR.

You absolutely want to have the manpages *source* in UTF8, principally
for keeping sync. with upstream but also so we can make changes easily.

> If the man page must be recoded, can anybody check why iconv is failing,
> and submit a patch for the rpm.8 and rpm2cpio.8 man page. I think the man
> pages use a character that can't be recoded in EUC-KR.
> $ LC_ALL=C iconv -t EUC-KR -f UTF-8 < doc/ko/rpm.8 > /dev/null
> iconv: illegal input sequence at position 79

Ahh, that means the rpm.8 manpage will be corrupt for Korean users; we will 
have to see what the problematic characters are so we can strip them out 
before doing the conversion then.

Thanks for pointing that out.


 `When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to
  its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are
  forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how
  holy the motives' -- Robert A Heinlein, "If this goes on --"

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