[MacPorts] #51141: Consider building Python with +ucs4 by default

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Wed Apr 13 16:23:46 PDT 2016

#51141: Consider building Python with +ucs4 by default
 Reporter:  audvare@…     |      Owner:  macports-tickets@…
     Type:  enhancement   |     Status:  new
 Priority:  Normal        |  Milestone:
Component:  ports         |    Version:  2.3.4
 Keywords:  ucs4, python  |       Port:  python27
 From what I can tell, most distros of Linux come with a wide version of
 Python by default, however OS X does not. This may seem a reason to avoid
 building a wide version of Python as it does not match the OS built-in but
 I think it is better that a replacement be better than the built-in system

 Many packages would benefit from this change. Code that uses UTF-8
 characters beyond 0xffff will not throw errors that are unexpected.
 Packages like [https://pypi.python.org/pypi/Unidecode Unidecode] will
 benefit from this change.

 The scope of this change would be that dependent packages will need +ucs4
 and if anyone uses -ucs4 they are going to have problems. Basically it
 would be the reverse of the current situation, where -python27_ucs4 would
 be required for packages like gobject-introspection. This would apply to
 all versions of Python in the tree.

 In terms of bugs, I really would like to know what kind of issues could be
 run into if +ucs4 is enabled as I have not had a problem with a wide-
 version Python on any Linux distro or dependencies.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.macports.org/ticket/51141>
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