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Re: [bug-gnu-libiconv] Possible bug in iconv 1.13?

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gnu-libiconv] Possible bug in iconv 1.13?
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:37:08 +0100
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Edward Burns wrote on 2013-10-28:
> I'm using iconv from Emacs VM mode.  Here is a message I just posted to
> gnu.emacs.vm.info that I think may indicate a bug in iconv.

>       ("utf-8" "iso-8859-1" "iconv -f utf-8 -t iso-8859-1")

It's not a bug. The mail contained a character U+2013 in the line
  * *No appointment necessary* – connect right away
and it cannot be converted to ISO-8859-1 without lossy conversions.

What you can do is to allow lossy conversions:
    iconv -f utf-8 -t iso-8859-1//TRANSLIT

For the meaning of //TRANSLIT, see
or the GNU C Library documentation.


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