Re: Representing Unix filenames in Unicode

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Mon Nov 28 2005 - 22:09:05 CST

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    Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk <qrczak at knm dot org dot pl> wrote:

    >> Whatever you guys decide, please let's not have any proposals to
    >> "improve" UTF-8, or invent a mutant form of UTF-8, by giving it a way
    >> to map these arbitrary byte sequences bijectively while
    >> simultaneously retaining the existing properties of UTF-8.
    > So how do you propose to map filenames to strings on Unix?
    > I'm asking from the point of view of a runtime of a language which
    > represents strings as sequences of code points. It has no power to
    > change how Unix works, nor how people name their files.

    Good question. I'm not sure I have an answer. I'm just saying that
    creating a non-standard variant of UTF-8 that tries to preserve
    non-UTF-8 sequences isn't the right way to go.

    Doug Ewell
    Fullerton, California, USA

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