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

On Sat, Mar  9, 2013 at 10:51:45 +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:

> tag 701081 patch
> thanks
> Dear all,
> I think that it emerges from the discussion that there are good uses of
> Unicode, and that somebody would need to step up and ensure that a dozen of
> packages are corrected if we were to restrict further the encoding of file
> names.  Moreover, there seems to be a good self-discipline, and Unicode is
> not used in paths that are central on non-Unicode systems.
> Given that currently the Policy does not mention anything about file names, I
> think that it would be fair to fill the gap by documenting the use of Unicode
> as current practice and recommend ASCII for most cases.  This does not preculde
> further restrictions if needed.  I volunteer to contact the maintainer of
> lletters-media and ooohg, the only packages with non-Unicode file names.
> I attached a slightly updated patch.  I have not added that the policy is for
> 'the files that have been created after the binary package is "Installed"',
> because I think that it is clear throughrough chapter 10 that "installed files"
> means this.  Nevertheless, it would be nice to have such a definition black on
> white somewhere else, to be discussed in another thread.
You say unicode everywhere but you seem to actually mean utf-8...


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