Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101937
To UTF-8 or not :)
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:37:56 EDT
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Description of problem:
By default, all port RH 8 machines are using UTF-8. Here in Iceland we end up
with LANG set to is_IS.UTF-8 in /etc/sysconfig/i18n.
This is all fine and dandy, but when we log into other machines (that are not
using UTF-8) from our RedHat boxes or vice versa, things get messed up. This
is particulary bad for Icelandic because we have 20 special symbols (counting
both cases). This means most people change the system wide LANG to is_IS (thus
not using UTF-8 but ISO-8859-1).
This however opens up a whole new set of problems because all the .po files are
in UTF-8 format. One of the most apparent problems is while the machine is
booting or shutting down (initscripts). If LANG is is_IS the Icelandic chars in
the translations dont print right.
Cant we have two versions of the compiled .po files ? One in UTF-8 and another
in ISO-8859-X ? System would go "Im using an UTF-8 locale, so Im going to use
the UTF-8 .po files"
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. See the description
No, utf-8 is the supported locale.
then why ship the ISO-8859-X locales at all ?