Bug 1432426 - The base-cloud Vagrant images set ASCII locale when client does not use en_US.utf8/C.utf8
Summary: The base-cloud Vagrant images set ASCII locale when client does not use en_US...
Status: ON_QA
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: distribution
Version: 30
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Václav Pavlín
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: 1421610
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-03-15 11:25 UTC by Miro Hrončok
Modified: 2019-04-03 11:09 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:45:26 UTC

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Description Miro Hrončok 2017-03-15 11:25:18 UTC
Description of problem:
When using the Vagrant base-cloud image, all non-en (all but C, en_US, C.utf8 and en_US.utf8) locales are gone. If you ssh in and your locale is non-en, the system will fall back to C. That is an ASCII locale an that causes trouble.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 25, 26 and probably all others.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. vagrant init fedora/25-cloud-base
2. vagrant up
3. LANG=cs_CZ.utf8 vagrant ssh
4. $ dnf
5. $ echo ččč > file
6. $ python3
Python 3.5.2 (default, Sep 14 2016, 11:28:32) 
[GCC 6.2.1 20160901 (Red Hat 6.2.1-1)] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> with open('file') as f:
...     print(f.read())

Actual results:
Failed to set locale, defaulting to C

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 2, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.5/encodings/ascii.py", line 26, in decode
    return codecs.ascii_decode(input, self.errors)[0]
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc4 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)

Expected results:
Deal with my locale or set C.utf8

Additional info:
We are workarounding this problem in python3. But I still except that a modern system would work with utf8 buy default if it cannot find my locale.

In this scenario, I suppose the Vagrant image should set the locale back to en_US.utf8 or C.utf8 when it cannot find the locale of the SSH client.

Comment 1 Dennis Gilmore 2017-03-15 18:29:16 UTC
This is by design in the cloud base image https://pagure.io/fedora-kickstarts/blob/master/f/fedora-cloud-base.ks#_153 https://pagure.io/fedora-kickstarts/blob/master/f/fedora-cloud-base.ks#_53 I suspect that the owners will not want to change the behaviour

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Comment 3 Fedora End Of Life 2017-12-12 10:45:26 UTC
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Comment 4 Miro Hrončok 2017-12-12 12:41:13 UTC
While python now has mechanism in place to deal with ASCII locales, I still see this as a problem.

Comment 5 Fedora End Of Life 2018-02-20 15:31:23 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 28 development cycle.
Changing version to '28'.

Comment 6 Miro Hrončok 2019-01-07 22:54:08 UTC
There is a proposed Fedora change that fixes this: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Changes/Reset-locale-if-not-available

Comment 7 Ben Cotton 2019-02-19 17:12:21 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 30 development cycle.
Changing version to '30.

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