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RE: Need multibyte advice - Shift-JIS




On February 27, 2019 11:11, Michal Suchánek wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:54:23 -0500
> "Randall S. Becker" <rsbecker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> > On February 27, 2019 9:09, Michal Suchánek wrote:
> > > On Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:04:08 -0500
> > > "Randall S. Becker" <rsbecker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi Git Team,
> > > >
> > > > I have to admit being perplexed by this one. I have been asked to
> > > > support the Shift-JIS character set in file contents, comments,
> > > > and logs, for a partner of mine. I know there are a few ways to do
> > > > this, but I'm looking for the official non-hacky way to do this.
> > > > This is CLI only, and our pager, less, does not support
> > > > multi-byte, so I'm looking
> > for
> > > options there also.
> > >
> > > SJIS is about as much multibyte as UTF-8.
> > >
> > > Why do you think less does not support it?
> > >
> > > Last time I looked there was SJIS locale for libc so it is only
> > > matter of generating the correct locales and using them. Of course,
> > > if you are
> > running
> > > in UTF-8 SJIS will look like garbage.
> >
> > Sadly, I did not personally build less on this platform, and the libc
> > used did not include UTF-16, on the platform vendor supplied less. cat
> > works fine, but the usual LESSCHARSET=utf-16 is unsupported, so I am
> > looking for an alternative. THAT is why I think less does not support
> > it. Sorry, I should have made that more clear.
> >
> > cat works fine, so if I set GIT_PAGER=cat, I can at least see the
> > diffs cleanly in SJIS, but this partner wants a pager that is usable.
> >
> 
> So you want to use SJIS because UTF-16 is not supported. So what is the
> problem with SJIS (or UTF-8 for that matter)?

The partner I am working with is using multi-byte SJIS, which is also not supported by this incarnation of less. As a result, UTF-8 does not work either in this situation. The content is definitely multi-byte. I know this was fixed in RedHat's Less in 2016, but did not make this platform.