upgrading to UTF-8 Mini HOW-TO (was: Re: debian-changelog-file-uses-obsolete-national-charset)
Here is how I resolved it:
1) Keep fi_FI.@euro (ISO-8859-15) as a locale.
2) Uncommented "charset utf-8" in .gnupg/gpg.conf
3) Convert all files in debian/* to UTF-8.
4) Build package using favorite tools (e.g. debuild, etc.).
Odd fonts will show, but debsign will still work OK.
Thanks to everyone who contributed tips on resolving this issue! :)
PS: this should probably go in a FAQ somewhere, to help everyone start
transiting their Debian setup to UTF-8.
The only remaining issue is that debchange complains that the corresponding UID
is not UTF-8 encoded in GECOS (it still succeeds in upgrading the changlog and
produces something that debuild accepts, though):
debchange warning: passwd full name field for uid 1000
is not UTF-8 encoded; ignoring
I'd thus need a script to recode /etc/passwd,/etc/shadow,/etc/groups to UTF-8.
However, I have no idea if e.g. adduser, NIS tools, etc. can cope with those
Unicode escape characters in those files. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Martin-Éric Racine, ICT Consultant