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you do NOT need to write all your programs together to make them work together.

you do NOT need to write all your programs together to make them work together.

Posted Jan 29, 2013 18:17 UTC (Tue) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
In reply to: you do NOT need to write all your programs together to make them work together. by smurf
Parent article: Poettering: The Biggest Myths

> One might argue that the negotiation is implied by the LOCALE setting.
The LOCALE setting is just a way to specify manually the information that can't be negotiated through the pipe. If pipes were actually a text stream, there'd be no need to do with manually and things would just work.

Anyway, I don't think such a design would be desirable, because as I said before, text is in fact not a universal interface. Which is of course why many programs today communicate with much more structured protocols like D-Bus.

While I do sympathise with your views about UTF-8, there's a large amount of data stored in legacy encodings, and it's not going away any time soon.


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