Bug 142948 - wc -m option unable to count the number of multibyte characters in a file
Summary: wc -m option unable to count the number of multibyte characters in a file
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: coreutils
Version: 4.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact: David Lawrence
: 142949 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
Blocks: RHEL4-LI18NUX
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2004-12-15 09:16 UTC by Lawrence Lim
Modified: 2014-03-26 00:51 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2004-12-15 09:29:48 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
script with a single Test Case from LI18NUX Test for testing wc -m option (11.30 KB, application/octet-stream)
2004-12-15 09:20 UTC, Lawrence Lim
no flags Details

Description Lawrence Lim 2004-12-15 09:16:21 UTC
Description of problem:
This bug is filed as it is one of the errors reported in the LI18nUX
test suite, part of the LSB conformance test.

It has been reported that when -m option is specified for the wc
utility, it cannot outputs the number of characters in the input file
even though the characters are multibyte characters.

I have stripped down the test suite to only the single test case. I
would really appreciate if you could have a look and let me know if
this is a glibc error or Test Case issue?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Down the attachment, wc1.tar.gz
2.run ./wc1.sh
3.view the result in the output file, tet_xres
Actual results:
Can't count number of characters.

Expected results:
Able to count these characters:
ãã® ãã¡ã¤ã« ã«ã¯ æ¥æ¬èªã å«ã¾ã㦠ãã¾ãã in a file

Additional info:

Comment 1 Lawrence Lim 2004-12-15 09:20:02 UTC
Created attachment 108596 [details]
script with a single Test Case from LI18NUX Test for testing wc -m option

Comment 2 Jakub Jelinek 2004-12-15 09:29:48 UTC
Here is my analysis of this for LSB 1.3.  Note that this has nothing
to do with glibc, but with coreutils:

10|570 /tset/LI18NUX2K.L1/utils/wc/wc 00:21:33|TC Start, scenario ref 574-0
520|570 1 6181 1 1|* When -m option is specified, verify this utility outputs the number of characters in each input file even if the characters are multibyte characters.
520|570 1 6181 1 2|
520|570 1 6181 1 3|Can't count number of characters.
220|570 1 1 00:21:33|FAIL
520|570 2 6181 1 1|* When this utility writes to the standard output the number of words, this utility correctly recognizes the boundaries of words. The boundaries are shown as white-space characters constituted in current locale.
520|570 2 6181 1 2|
520|570 2 6181 1 3|Can't count number of words.
220|570 2 1 00:21:33|FAIL

LSB here expects that wc violates POSIX standard and prints say
     26 text.txt
instead of
26 text.txt
POSIX requires "%d %d %d %s\n", <newlines>, <words>, <bytes>, <file>
format (with omitting the numbers that are not printed), see
The output file format pseudo- printf() string differs from the System V version of wc:
"%7d%7d%7d %s\n"
which produces possibly ambiguous and unparsable results for very large files, as it assumes no number shall exceed six
I'd say LSB testsuite should be changed to accept both at least.
This is fixed in LSB 2.0 already.

Comment 3 Jakub Jelinek 2004-12-15 09:40:04 UTC
*** Bug 142949 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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