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Using UTF-8 as host charset

Dear members of the gdb mailing list,

I'm working on a patch for Eclipse which adds full charset support to the CDT debugger. We're setting gdb's host-charset to UTF-8 to achieve this. There already had been discussion about this back in 2010 here on the gdb mailing list. Tom Tromey said back then - quoted from

> It is an oddity that currently an MI consumer must check gdb's
> host charset in order to know how to decode its output.  I would
> recommend that the client force it to be UTF-8, but I think this
> currently may not work with PHONY_ICONV.

So the question is, is it actually a good idea to simply always set gdb's host charset to UTF-8? Which hosts do use the phony iconv, and is it indeed a problem for them if the host charset is UTF-8?

Note that we're only talking about gdb 7.0 or later. We don't plan to support this feature for gdb < 7.0 within CDT.

Thanks for any hints!

PS: Just for reference: the corresponding Eclipse bug report can be found at

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