Is direct calling "iconv.dll" really needed in Win32?

Werner Koch wk at
Fri Nov 19 15:50:14 CET 2004

On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 10:04:47 +0000 (UTC), Carlo Luciano Bianco said:

> My question is why the Win32 version should have such a strange behavior, 
> instead of just linking with libiconv and stop?

I don't understand what you mean by strange.  It is a convenience to
the user to allow running without a installed iconv.dll.  I can't see
what your problem is except for the little bug that it returns an
error code if iconv was not found.

> So, let me understand: Is all this code just to allow some Win32 users to 

34 lines of straightforward code isn't much.

> use their gpg.exe without having an iconv.dll installed if they do not need 
> it?



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