[Mono-list] Why UTF-16 strings in Mono.Unix?

Brion Vibber brion at pobox.com
Mon Oct 17 20:04:42 EDT 2005

Jonathan Pryor wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-10-17 at 19:03 +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
>>Why are UTF-16 strings used in Mono.Unix?  Doesn't this mean that some
>>resources are inaccessible to programs running under Mono in a
>>multibyte localeq (such as one using UTF-8)?
> Care to elaborate?  System.String is always used to represent strings in
> Mono.Unix and Mono.Unix.Native, but Mono's marshaler will convert the
> strings to UTF-8 for the P/Invoke call.

A peek at Mono.Unix/UnixMarshal.cs hints that managed strings are
marshalled to/from the locale encoding (assuming Encoding.Default is the
locale encoding); so locales other than UTF-8 ought to also work.

Florian, for some background on how CLI/.NET/Mono code interfaces to
native code, and specifically how paramters of various types are handled

-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
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