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Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:04:26 +0100
From: Colin Watson <>
To: "A. Wilcox" <>
Subject: Re: man-db Test failures under musl libc

On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 06:43:27PM -0500, A. Wilcox wrote:
> We are creating a new Linux distribution based on the musl libc focused
> on security and reliability.  As such, we run test suites for all of our
> packaged software.  The man-db test suite seems to have numerous
> failures due to musl's iconv(3) (or more specifically, iconv_open(3))
> method not supporting //IGNORE suffixes for character sets.

man-db can't reasonably do without //IGNORE, certainly not if you want
reliability.  Can you try building man-db with GNU libiconv?  The build
system uses AM_ICONV already, so should have enough options to let you
do this.

(I'd take a patch to the build system to have it detect this situation
and emit an error earlier if //IGNORE isn't available.)


Colin Watson                                       []

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