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

Bill Allombert <Bill.Allombert@math.u-bordeaux1.fr> writes:
> On Sat, Mar 09, 2013 at 10:51:45AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:

>> 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.

> I have yet to see any good use of 8bit finename in Debian binary packages.

Many were posted to this thread.  I guess I just disagree with you on
whether those uses are "good."  For me, allowing the correct spellings of
words and the correct names of things to be represented in file names is
important enough to rise to an ethical goal that I would advocate
adopting.  A pure ASCII stance feels like a very English-centric stance.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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