This variable affects the behavior of XML Extensions on UNIX (it is ignored on Windows). Its value specifies the iconv library to use when converting local encoding to UTF-8 encoding (export) or UTF-8 encoding to local encoding (import) by giving the iconv library full path and filename, for example, /usr/local/lib/libiconv.so.
When not specified, the default behavior is to search the PATH environment variable for a directory containing iconv.so or libiconv.so, in that order. An iconv library is needed only when the encoding is local and the A_XMLIF_ENCODING configuration variable specifies a value that is not one of the built-in local encoding names. (Micro Focus does not supply an iconv library for use with XML Extensions. The user must acquire an appropriate iconv package and install it in the desired location.)