Non-ASCII characters and OpenJDK

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Fri Aug 7 20:52:10 UTC 2009

I came across an interesting build failure today with b68.  It seems
that the compiler decided to start enforcing -encoding ascii more
strongly (at least, I see no change to add this option, so maybe it is
a side-effect of moving to source = 1.7) and thus choked on a couple
of characters in the Xrender patches IcedTea applies (an umlaut and a
degree symbol).

Anyone know why this is suddenly enforced?  And why is it ascii rather
than utf8?
Andrew :-)

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