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Bug 1045385 - Command line filenames are converted to different charset when file opening is attempted
Summary: Command line filenames are converted to different charset when file opening i...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libreoffice
Version: 19
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stephan Bergmann
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-12-20 10:04 UTC by matti aarnio
Modified: 2015-01-11 19:29 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2015-01-11 19:29:14 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description matti aarnio 2013-12-20 10:04:24 UTC
My Fedora setup (all versions since long time) are setup to use UTF-8 characters at xterm shells, and I have a habit of running all programs from shell instead of launching them from GUI menus -- or spending time at software internal menus of "open file..."

A file with name:  "test-åäö.odt"  is encoded in UTF-8 at the file system, but it can also be encoded in ISO-8859-1 as 8-bit characters. My shell uses file system's file names (byte sequences), and xterm presents them as interpreted texts.

Start of oowriter with command:
    ooffice test-åäö.odt
fails with "no such file found", and the pop-up screen _appears_ to show correct supplied filename.

Running that with "strace -ff -o ttt ...", and picking up lines with "test-" in them:

   ["/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/s"..., "test-\303\245\303\244\303\266.odt",
   "--splash-pipe=5"], [/* 60 vars */]) = 0
access("test-\345\344\366.odt", F_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

So the input at process argv[] is definitely UTF-8 byte sequence of those characters, but when the program tries to access the file, the file name has been converted to different character set (ISO-8859-1 apparently,) which no longer matches the byte sequence at the filesystem.

As there is no difference in byte sequences of ASCII characters, most developers have had no opportunity to encounter this issue.

How to fix?

  - Preserve filenames as byte sequences received from argv/readdir() for
    all filesystem accesses
  - Feel free to display them in whatever interpretation format
  - Somehow solve the question of "enter filename with non-ASCII chars
    at dialogs, generate correct filename byte format."

This may be related on locale settings too:


No other LC_* environment variables are set, nor they should need to be set.

Comment 1 Stephan Bergmann 2014-01-06 10:05:10 UTC
I cannot reproduce this with libreoffice-core-  With the same LANG/LC_* settings as above, and a file ~/Documents/test-åäö.odt in place, doing

> $ cd Documents
> $ strace -f ooffice test-åäö.odt 2>&1 | grep test-
> [pid  2137] execve("/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin", ["/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/s"..., "test-\303\245\303\244\303\266.odt", "--splash-pipe=5"], [/* 59 vars */] <unfinished ...>
> [pid  2137] access("/home/sbergman/Documents/test-\303\245\303\244\303\266.odt", F_OK) = 0

works fine and opens the document.  What is odd about your above strace output

> access("test-\345\344\366.odt", F_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

is that the path passed to access is not absolute.  Is there anything odd about your CWD (that /does/ contain the test-åäö.odt file, does it?) when you run "ooffice test-åäö.odt"?

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Comment 3 matti aarnio 2015-01-11 19:29:14 UTC
The file open API seem to have changed since my initial report.
Now no adverse things happen.

write(3, "InternalIPC::Arguments1file:///home/mea/zzzzz,test-\303\244\303\266\303\245\303\244\303\266.odt\0", 98) = 98

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