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Bug#701081: debian-policy: mandate an encoding for filenames in binary packages

On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 08:02:10AM +0100, Helmut Grohne wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 01:31:32PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> >  - There are here and there discussions raising possible corner cases
> >    where distributing files with a name not representable in UTF-8 might
> >    be justified, for instance in test suites.
> Even though the general argument is correct, the particular example
> probably applies to source packages in most cases. We don't control
> source packages (unless we repack them), so I think they should not be
> covered by a filename encoding policy.


> >  - Similar discussion also took place in #99933.  I wonder about merging this
> >    bug (#701081) and #99933.
> I stumbled upon this bug before reporting this one and decided that the
> issues were sufficiently separate from each other to warrant a new bug
> number. I did not read the full bug log and therefore did not discover
> that its scope widened to filenames as well. The discussion found
> therein clearly is valuable. I still think that separating bugs for
> filename encoding and file content encoding is a good idea, because
> those issues can be solved independently. That said merging also makes
> sense to point to the rest of the discussion. In the latter case, please
> select a better summary message.
> I have to admit, that I am slightly in favour of just copying Fedora's
> approach. Making distributions more compatible with each other seems
> like a worthwhile thing to do.

I would like to see examples of UTF-8 filenames in source packages that are not
bugs and do not cause issues with some users before allowing them in policy.
Policy still allow to use non utf-8 locales.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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