Bug 227260 - ISO-8859 manual pages mis-coded
ISO-8859 manual pages mis-coded
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: man-pages (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2007-02-03 22:37 EST by Nick Lamb
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-02-13 09:46:46 EST
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Description Nick Lamb 2007-02-03 22:37:01 EST
Description of problem:
During the transition to UTF-8 some manual pages have been damaged.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): man-pages-2.39-5

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Switch to an English locale (I used en_GB.UTF-8)
2. from a shell type e.g. exactly 'man iso_8859-15' (NB underscore and dash)
3. Examine the EURO SIGN
Actual results:

The obscure universal currency symbol ¤ is shown

Expected results:

The Euro currency symbol € should be shown

Additional info:

These manual pages were casualties of an otherwise mostly successful battle to
get rid of encoding problems in manual pages.


Each of these pages was converted to UTF-8 but with the assumption that their
original character set was ISO-8859-1 (or maybe Windows 1252). In fact they were
each in their respective native encoding. A tool like 'iconv' can fix this,
firstly undo the conversion to UTF-8, then redo it but choosing the correct
source encoding e.g.

iconv -f UTF-8 -t ISO-8859-1 < iso_8859-9.7 > tmpfile
iconv -t UTF-8 -f ISO-8859-9 < tmpfile > iso_8859-9.7

Meanwhile the ASCII versions of these pages of course don't do a very good job
of illustrating characters which explicitly aren't in ASCII. Since we can't
illustrate them properly we should just remove this column, there is a text
description of each character included so it's still useful as pure ASCII.
Comment 1 Ivana Varekova 2007-02-13 09:46:46 EST
Fixed in man-peges-2.43-6.fc7 and man-pages-2_39-7_fc6.

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