is utf-8 the standard filename encoding?
mbp at canonical.com
Wed Dec 21 02:51:56 UTC 2011
We have a question in <https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/794353> and
<http://bugs.python.org/issue13643> about what encoding bzr and Python
ought to assume for file names if there is no locale configured.
As a specific example, if you run a Python program from cron, it has
no locale by default. It tries to decode filenames as ascii. If it
encounters a non-ascii filename, it will likely crash. People hit
this kind of thing a lot with bzr; we have put in a workaround but it
seems it would be better to fix it in Python.
My impression is the vast majority of filesystems use utf-8 names, and
that other Ubuntu software (Nautilus? U1?) assumes this will generally
be true. Does Ubuntu have any policy that filenames ought to be in
(I see a bit of discussion in
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/unicode.html#linux but nothing more.)
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