Bertram Scharpf wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> Am Freitag, 13. Mai 2005, 04:34:00 +0900 schrieb Josef 'Jupp' SCHUGT:
> 
>>At Tue, 10 May 2005 06:58:30 +0900, Bertram Scharpf wrote:
>>
>>>does this no longer work?
>>
>>You forgot to define the meaning of 'no longer works':
>>
>> - What precisely do you mean by 'it works'?
> 
> 
> Sorry, that was not actually elaborate. Now I think it
> never worked at all.
> 
> 
>>>--------------------
>>>#!/usr/bin/env ruby
>>># -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-
>>>
>>>puts $KCODE
>>>puts ""
>>>--------------------
>>>
>>>I tried it with Ruby 1.8.2 and 1.9, Debian Linux.
>>>What do I miss?
> 
> 
> In the meantime I received an answer in ruby-core and it
> seems Matz just _planned_ to implement it but didn't have
> the time yet.
> 
> The problem arises when my program is run on SuSE Linux
> where the default encoding is UTF-8.
> 
> A better way to test in which encoding you reside is:
> 
>     "ä" =~ /./
>     puts $&.length
> 
> This gives 1 in `None' and 2 in `UTF-8'.
> 
> 
>>When in doubt *set* $KCODE explicitly.
> 
> 
> This has no influence on how the source code is read. The
> string " produces an error when `ruby -Ku' is called.
> 
> Of course I should have written "\xc3\xa4" and "\xc3".

Is this the only way to handle strings UTF-8 in ruby?

> 
> Sorry again for the noise.
> 
> Bertram
> 
> 

regards
   jonas