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Re: [PATCH] utf8: handle systems that don't write BOM for UTF-16




On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 08:04:13AM +0000, Torsten Bögershausen wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 09, 2019 at 08:08:01PM +0000, brian m. carlson wrote:
> > Preserve the existing behavior for systems which do not have this knob
> > enabled, since they may use optimized implementations, including
> > defaulting to the native endianness, to gain improved performance, which
> > can be significant with large checkouts.
> 
> Is the based on measurements on a real system ?

No, I haven't done any performance measurements. However, swapping bytes
is a (IIRC 1-cycle) instruction on x86, which would be executed for each
iteration of the loop. My intuition tells me that will be a significant
expense when there are a lot of files, but I can omit that phrase since
I haven't measured.

> I think we agree that Git will write UTF-16 always as big endian with BOM,
> following the tradition of iconv/libiconv.
> If yes, we can reduce the lines of code/#idefs somewhat, have the knob always on,
> and reduce the maintenance burden a little bit, giving a simpler patch.

No, I don't think it will. libiconv will always write big-endian, but
glibc has a separate iconv implementation which writes the native
endianness. (I believe FreeBSD's does the same thing as glibc's.) I
think it's useful for us to know that we can handle UTF-16 using the
system behavior where possible, since that's what the system is going to
produce.

> What do you think ?

While I like the simplicity of the approach, as I mentioned above, and I
did consider this originally, I'd rather test the behavior of the system
we're operating on, provided it's suitable for our needs.
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brian m. carlson: Houston, Texas, US
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