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From: Eric Blake <eblake@redhat.com>
To: Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au>,
	Fredrik Fornwall <fredrik@fornwall.net>
Cc: dash@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Set LC_ALL instead LC_COLLATE in mkbuiltins
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:40:19 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <555EB333.6000201@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20150522042531.GA30829@gondor.apana.org.au>

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On 05/21/2015 10:25 PM, Herbert Xu wrote:
> Fredrik Fornwall <fredrik@fornwall.net> wrote:
>> In mkbuiltins LC_COLLATE is set, but since "The value of the LC_ALL
>> environment variable has precedence over any of the other environment
>> variables starting with LC_"
>> (http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/7908799/xbd/envvar.html), this
>> has no effect when LC_ALL is set.
>> This breaks when having e.g. LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 during make, which
>> causes the test case
>>    dash -c :
>> to fail, probably due to broken ordering in builtins.c. The patch
>> corrects that by setting LC_ALL instead of LC_COLLATE.
> This causes any errors printed by sort to come out in English.

Why do you care whether any errors printed by sort are in the "C" locale
(in English) rather than localized?  Ideally, there won't be any sort
errors in the first place, because this tool is run on controlled input
as part of the build process.

> Please fix this by simply setting LC_ALL to empty alongside

Setting LC_ALL has the nice property that LC_COLLATE and LC_CTYPE are
guaranteed to be compatible; if you just set LC_COLLATE but leave
LC_CTYPE unchanged and unset LC_ALL, it is possible to attempt a
collation that assumes one character set while still living in a ctype
that assumes another, and get garbled results.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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  reply	other threads:[~2015-05-22  4:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-05-17 23:15 Fredrik Fornwall
2015-05-22  4:25 ` Herbert Xu
2015-05-22  4:40   ` Eric Blake [this message]
2015-05-22  4:45     ` Herbert Xu
2015-05-22 13:02       ` Eric Blake
2015-05-24 21:05   ` Fredrik Fornwall
2015-05-26  2:49     ` Herbert Xu

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