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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:37:11 -0700
From: Isaac <>
Subject: Re: Iconv and old codepages

On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 02:39:59PM -0400, LM wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM, orc <> wrote:
> > I also noticed alternative libs thread and corresponding wiki page.
> > Does someone know lightweight iconv replacement as a temporary measure
> > (other than libiconv for example)?
> >
> Thought I had the Apache Portable Runtime project listed on the
> alternatives page.  Will update that.
> APR has a version of iconv.
> BSD systems have their own implementations of iconv.  Haven't found a
> standalone version.  There may be some code in obase (listed on wiki).
> There's mention of a BSD licensed libiconv (
> ) as part of Citrus (which was
> also supposed to have a gettext alternative).  The web page on Citrus is at
> but I haven't found the source code for the
> project.  ICU ( provides uconv instead of
> iconv.  On Windows, they typically use GNU libiconv since iconv isn't part
> of the C runtime library.

AFAICT, Citrus is now developed in Net/FreeBSD (I forget which), 
since several years ago.

-100 on ICU; it's bloated to a degree that GNU has yet to match.
C++/needs libstdc++, 31.9 M for -dev, 22.4 M for libs, 29.7 M for docs.
(numbers from icu 4.8 on Ubuntu Lucid)

> If anyone thinks these (or possibly some other alternatives) are useful, I
> can add the links for them to the wiki.  Please let me know if they any of
> them don't appear too bloated and would be worth adding.
> Thanks.
> Laura

Isaac Dunham

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