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Bug#99933: second attempt at more comprehensive unicode policy


On Mon, Jan 06, 2003 at 12:21:27AM -0500, Colin Walters wrote:
> After we have a "sufficient" number of programs supporting UTF-8
> natively in this way, we change the policy on filenames to a "must",
> drop support for legacy terminals and encodings, and switch everyone to
> a UTF-8 terminal, and a UTF-8 locale.

I think that this would be a really bad idea, because it would be a to
severe restriction on the set of supported terminal types.  Think of
remote logins from non-Debian machines: we cannot control the program
at the other end of the line.  And what about serial (hardware) VT-220
terminals?  We cannot change the hardware and to loose support for it
would be not nice.

So in my opinion we cannot drop support for non-UTF8 locales and
terminals.  We need to do file-name conversion here.


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