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Bug 1301984 - systemd asking for password on boot: ask_password_tty() deletes too many symbols on screen when deleting special characters
systemd asking for password on boot: ask_password_tty() deletes too many symb...
Status: NEW
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2016-01-26 08:29 EST by Christian Stadelmann
Modified: 2016-11-24 11:37 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: systemd-222-14.fc23
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Last Closed: 2016-02-04 18:23:19 EST
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Description Christian Stadelmann 2016-01-26 08:29:34 EST
Description of problem:
When typing special characters like German umlauts ä,ö,ü or the consonant ß, systemd prints two asterisks ("star" symbol, `*`) instead of one. I guess it will be printing 3 or 4 asterisks for some chinese/japanese characters.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start `systemd-ask-password foo` on any tty
2. type any password with special characters
3. watch number of asterisks printed

Actual results:
some key presses result in multiple asterisks printed

Expected results:
just one asterisk should be printed
Comment 1 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2016-01-26 09:03:12 EST
Yeah, a straightforward unicode handling issue.
Comment 2 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2016-01-26 17:08:47 EST
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2016-02-01 09:51:33 EST
systemd-222-14.fc23 has been submitted as an update to Fedora 23.
Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2016-02-01 21:26:50 EST
systemd-222-14.fc23 has been pushed to the Fedora 23 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
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Comment 5 Christian Stadelmann 2016-02-03 17:34:45 EST
Typing special characters is fixed now.
Typing dead keys before another key will still add 2 asterisks. This might be Ok, I am not sure.

But there remains one issue:
1. type something with dead keys, e.g. èáû
2. press the delete key until you can't delete anything anymore

What happens:
Not only the asterisks are deleted, but also part of the prompt.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2016-02-04 18:23:10 EST
systemd-222-14.fc23 has been pushed to the Fedora 23 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 7 Fedora End Of Life 2016-11-24 10:12:44 EST
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