Bug 182438 - There is a big problem with the encoding of the Bulgarian translation of man package
There is a big problem with the encoding of the Bulgarian translation of man ...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: man (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2006-02-22 11:12 EST by Alexander Shopov
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-03-27 03:13:31 EST
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Description Alexander Shopov 2006-02-22 11:12:17 EST
Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Name        : man
Version     : 1.6c
Release     : 1.2  

How reproducible: Always since several versions of man

Steps to Reproduce:
1. In a Bulgarian locale gnome-terminal enter:
man man
in en_EN.UTF-8 locale terminal enter:
LANG=bg_BG.UTF-8 man man

Actual results:
Gibberish in man - this is the man page of man, translated in Bulgarian - but it
has undergone a very strange recoding process - the cyrillic letters are all
mixed up - you do not need a Bulgarian speaker to verify that - any SLavic
Cyrillic user can verify that

Expected results: Normal Bulgarian translation of man

in en_EN.UTF-8 locale gnome-terminal enter:


Additional info:

I am the current maintainer of Bulgarian translation of man. I downloaded the
upstram package from here:

I uncompressed it and checked - the original messages are properly encoded. The
Bulgarian versions use cp1251 and this has been properly announced in the package:

wget http://primates.ximian.com/~flucifredi/man/man-1.6c.tar.gz
tar xvfz man-1.6c.tar.gz

Files containing Bulgarian messages of man:
man-1.6c/msgs/mess.bg -> Properly encoded in CP1251
man-1.6c/msgs/mess.bg.codeset -> Properly announced that the encoding is cp1251

Files containing Bulgarian translations of man pages:
man-1.6c/man/bg -> *.man -> Properly encoded in CP1251

After that - I downloaded your source package from here:
I started looking into it.
If you take a look at this file man-1.6b-i18n_nroff.patch
Which is used as Patch21 in man spec file, you will find a line that reads:

+    { "bg",    "KOI8-R"     },

I think - this is wrong - the strongly preferred 8 bit encoding here, and the
one that is used in man translation is CP1251 (windows-1251).

I tried changing that and recompiling the man package, after which reinstalled
it and tried again:

man -c  man

But the result did not change - man still gives gibberish
Comment 1 Ivana Varekova 2006-02-23 09:56:32 EST
The fixed test version of man package which should fix the problem with
bulgarian man pages is on:
Could you please test it?
Comment 2 Alexander Shopov 2006-02-23 11:44:10 EST
I've just downloaded and tested
and *confirm* that it fixes the problem.

Thank you very much Ivana for the prompt solution.
Comment 3 Ivana Varekova 2006-02-27 09:04:06 EST
Thank you for your detailed bug report and your test. 
This problem is fixed in man-1.6c-2. 
Comment 4 Alexander Shopov 2006-03-23 12:50:28 EST
I am reopening this bug as I get the same results with FC5

rpm -qa | grep man-1

I get the exact same behaviour as before.
The reason is that the man package has not been updated to the rawhide version.
Could we get it via updates?
Comment 5 Ivana Varekova 2006-03-27 03:13:31 EST
Version man-1.6c-2.fc5 fixes this problem in fc5 now.

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