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@node iconv_open
@section @code{iconv_open}
@findex iconv_open

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POSIX specification:@* @url{http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/functions/iconv_open.html}
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Gnulib module: iconv, iconv_open, iconv_open-utf
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Portability problems fixed by either Gnulib module @code{iconv} or @code{iconv_open}:
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GNU libiconv is not found if installed in @file{$PREFIX/lib}.
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No converter from EUC-JP to UTF-8 is provided on some platforms:
HP-UX 11.
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Portability problems fixed by Gnulib module @code{iconv_open}:
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This function recognizes only non-standard aliases for many encodings (not
the IANA registered encoding names) on many platforms:
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AIX 5.1, HP-UX 11, IRIX 6.5, OSF/1 5.1, Solaris 11 2010-11.
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Portability problems fixed by Gnulib module @code{iconv_open-utf}:
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This function does not support the encodings UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE, UTF-32BE,
UTF-32LE on many platforms:
AIX 5.1, HP-UX 11, IRIX 6.5, OSF/1 5.1, Solaris 8.
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Portability problems not fixed by Gnulib:
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This function is missing on some platforms:
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Mac OS X 10.5, FreeBSD 6.0, OpenBSD 3.8, Minix 3.1.8, IRIX 5.3, Cygwin, mingw, MSVC 14, BeOS,
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when GNU libiconv is not installed.
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For some encodings A and B, this function cannot convert directly from A to B,
although an indirect conversion from A through UTF-8 to B is possible.  This
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occurs on some platforms: Solaris 11 2010-11.  Gnulib provides a higher-level
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facility @code{striconveh} (a wrapper around @code{iconv}) that deals with
this problem.
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The set of supported encodings and conversions is system dependent.
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