Re: [hypermail] Option for conversion to UTF-8

From: Martin Duerst <>
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2004 16:41:59 -0500
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Hello Peter,

At 09:46 04/01/09 -0800, Peter C. McCluskey wrote:
> (Martin Duerst) writes:
> >One question I currently have is the choice of option for this setting.
> >I choose -8 as the option, because -u was already taken. But if there is
> >a preference for something else, I can change that. Any comments/opinions?
> If there's a reason for having a command line option for this, -8 sounds
>good. But we have more options than we can reasonably fit into single-char
>options, and most new options are being specified only via .hmrc. I'm
>uncertain whether we should make this option available from the command line.

Many thanks for your advice! Besides new vs. old, are there any other criteria for what ends up as an option and what not? One scenario I can imagine is that an archive wants to use UTF-8 for some mailing lists (those with mixed language contributions), whereas not with others. That might be easier to control with an option than with .hmrc. But I'm okay to remove the option if it's not needed.

As for the .hmrc (or test.rc in my case), I currently have the following entry in setup.c:

     {"utf8", &set_utf8, BFALSE, CFG_SWITCH,
      "# Set this to On to produce all output encoded as UTF-8\n"
      "# to avoid problems with mixed encodings.", FALSE},

This means that the name of the setting in .hmrc is "utf8", and the variable in the program is "set_utf8". Does that look okay, or should I change that?

Regards, Martin. Received on Sun 11 Jan 2004 11:57:01 AM GMT

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