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Re: Silent UTF-8 assumption?

Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> --nextPart1795203.6vxPbZfGLe
> Content-Type: text/plain;
>   charset="us-ascii"
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
> Content-Disposition: inline
> This caught my attention:
> static wchar_t
> charref(char *x, char *y)
> {
>     wchar_t wc;
>     size_t ret;
>     if (!(patglobflags & GF_MULTIBYTE) || !(STOUC(*x) & 0x80))
>         return (wchar_t) STOUC(*x);
> well, this is definitely not valid for arbitrary multibyte character
> set.

We're not using an arbitrary character set, we're using one that has the
portable character set (i.e. ASCII) as a 7-bit subset, including the
property of UTF-8 that any true multibyte stream has the eighth bit set
in all octets.  That's entirely for the practical reason that, if we
don't make that assumption, all hell will break use because we have to
make *every* part of the shell that ever tests a character, even an
ASCII character, multibyte aware.

There's a good chance the multibyte character set in question is UTF-8,
but it doesn't necessarily have to be.

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