[freetds] status and stability

Lowden, James K LowdenJK at bernstein.com
Wed May 14 11:27:28 EDT 2003

> From: Frediano Ziglio [mailto:freddyz77 at tin.it]
> Sent: May 14, 2003 1:59 AM
> Il mar, 2003-05-13 alle 23:16, Lowden, James K ha scritto:
> > > From: Frediano Ziglio [mailto:freddyz77 at tin.it]
> > > Sent: May 13, 2003 4:00 PM
> > > 
> > > Well... I don't personally consider libTDS stable to test in
> > > production... Not using variable charset and not using 
> no-GNU iconv
> > > version... HP/UX iconv do not run at all. Mac OS X do not work
> > > (ISO-8859-1 is not supported in Mac OS X.. strange).
> > 
> > OK, subject to those constraints.  Is there anything 0.61 
> does that can't be
> > done with current CVS?  
> > 
> No, with those contraints 0.62 can do anything...

Well, as David found out, 0.61 will revert to non-iconv behavior if
iconv_open(3) fails.  Current CVS will deal stupidly with that.  This is a
case where assert(3) would have been clearer than returning an error...

> > > If a system does not have UCS-2LE we should set a flag like
> > > "convert UCS-2BE to UCS-2LE"... another suitable flag is pass 
> > > from UCS2
> > > (if direct conversion is not supported convert first to ucs2 
> > > and then to destination...)
> > 
> > tds_iconv_open() should set such a flag in the TDSICONVINFO 
> structure, and
> > tds_iconv should honor it.  That way, no other code has to 
> bother with it.  
> > 
> MMmmm... a new idea.
> Currently we convert first names to canonical, than we try to use this
> name with iconv. So we fill alternative with all possible names! 

My thought exactly.  You just have to be sure to guard OS-specific named
with #if, to avoid conflicts.  Remember, we need that table for
Server->canonical->iconv lookups.  

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