Cross LFS and UTF-8

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at
Wed Jan 18 08:14:37 PST 2006

Matt Darcy wrote:

> I think its important to give people an option on having utf support 
> or now, at the current moment people are wanting utf to be included in 
> the book because you can't follow the native book and build UTF 
> (missing patches etc) - however why lock in the other people who don't 
> want it by making a book that HAS to have UTF included in it.
> I really believe this needs to be an option rather than a way of building.

This is still an option (a configuration option): you don't set 
UNICODE=1 in /etc/sysconfig/console, and don't set LANG to xx_YY.UTF-8. 
The result is that you continue to use a 8-bit locale.

It is no problem to mark the build changes as optional, but why would 
you want this? A UTF-8 enabled book works in both traditional and UTF-8 
locales (i.e.: one build-time size really fits all), and the old book 
supports only 8-bit locales.

Alexander E. Patrakov

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