On 08/04/2006, at 5:12 AM, Davis Yokana wrote:

Is the iconv_t cd object reusable?

Yes. that's the whole point of having iconv_open(). It performs all the set up necessary to do the conversion. The conversion descriptor can then be used for repeated conversions.

When I repeatedly call

int rc = iconv(cd, &pRecord,&inBytesLeft,&pAsciiBuffer,&outBytesLeft);

I get a message to the effect that the descriptor is bad.

Your code is probably trashing the descriptor. Scott's example code works fine in a loop.

Does one have to create a new iconv_t object for each call to iconv()?

No. You can even create many conversion descriptors for common conversions, keep them all open, and swap between them as necessary.

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