On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 12:05:28AM +0100, Svein Halvor Halvorsen wrote:
>
> Chuck Swiger wrote:
> >On Jan 26, 2009, at 1:58 PM, Svein Halvor Halvorsen wrote:
> >>As far as I can see, printf is not calculating strings lengths 
> >>correctly when using utf-8 encoding. Either that, or I'm using byte 
> >>count, and can't find the character count :-/
> >
> >printf(1) explicitly states that it works with ASCII and ANSI 
> >X3.159-1989 (``ANSI C89'') character escapes, and it also notes:
> >
> >     Multibyte characters are not recognized in format strings (this is 
> >only a
> >     problem if `%' can appear inside a multibyte character).
> >
> >Some platforms have a printf_l(3) which is locale/xlocale-aware, but 
> >there doesn't seem to be a corresponding CLI utility which understands 
> >Unicode/UTF8/widechars.
> 
> Thanks for your explanation.
> 
> Do you have a suggestion to solve the following problem without using 
> printf(1):
> 
> I have a text file that I want to print in a "box" on a terminal from a 
> shell script. Now I've padded the lines with spaces to a certain length 
> using printf %-70s and appended the box drawing character. Is there 
> another simple way that will work with utf-8?
> 

What's your perl like?

http://search.cpan.org/~sadahiro/String-Multibyte-1.05/Multibyte.pm

http://perldoc.perl.org/perlfaq6.html#How-can-I-match-strings-with-multibyte-characters%3f

Looks like they might be interesting.


Regards,

-- 

 Frank 


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