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[bug-gnu-libiconv] Re: [libIconv] Dynamic or static charset add

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: [bug-gnu-libiconv] Re: [libIconv] Dynamic or static charset add
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:26:19 +0200
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sana chakroun asked:
> I would like to ask you some thing. The add of charset
> in LibIconv is dynamic or static?

It is static, in the sense that adding a new charset requires source code
modifications. But it does not take much effort to do so.

It is static, in the sense that at run-time, only the shared libiconv library
is used; no other files are opened.

It is extensible, in the sense that anyone with a bit of programming skills
can add a new charset to libiconv.

The iconv program in GNU libc accepts charset specifications that point
to files listing the entire charset; of course it is slow to parse an
entire file just to convert a piece of text. The iconv program from GNU
libiconv does not support this.


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