Bug 233898 - wrong system-config-network messages if locale charset is not UTF-8
Summary: wrong system-config-network messages if locale charset is not UTF-8
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-network
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Harald Hoyer
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-03-25 17:21 UTC by Andrew Zabolotny
Modified: 2009-01-09 07:05 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 07:05:36 UTC
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The diff against system-config-network 1.4.7-1 (19.58 KB, patch)
2008-03-31 21:58 UTC, Andrew Zabolotny
no flags Details | Diff

Description Andrew Zabolotny 2007-03-25 17:21:57 UTC
Description of problem:

system-config-network displays translated messages in the wrong encoding if
system encoding is not UTF-8. In particular, I'm using ru_RU.CP1251 instead of
the default ru_RU.UTF-8: most applications don't care about this since gettext
automaticaly translates the messages from UTF-8 to current encoding, but for
some reason system-config-network is the only application I have seen that
displays question marks instead of Cyrillic glyphs.

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


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open a terminal
2. enter: LANG=ru_RU.CP1251 system-config-network
Actual results:

You will already see some question marks here and there instead of proper
messages. If you press "Create" (a new network connection) you will see that all
descriptions are all '?'s.

Expected results:

There should be no question marks except at the end of interrogative sentences :-)

Comment 1 Andrew Zabolotny 2007-03-25 17:28:08 UTC
Oops sorry, I have forgot that the ru_RU.CP1251 locale is not present in glibc
rpm by default (I create it manually with localedef). Instead, you can use the
ru_RU.KOI8-R locale in the command above; this locale is present by default.

Comment 2 Andrew Zabolotny 2008-03-31 21:58:26 UTC
Created attachment 299774 [details]
The diff against system-config-network 1.4.7-1

Okay, I have spent a couple of evenings to try to solve all kinds of problems I
have with system-config- stuff in my non-UTF8 locale. Here's a patch for
system-config-network. The patch is againsth system-config-network-1.4.7-1 as
found in the updates/8/SRPMS directory on fedora ftp, so I hope it's fresh

Here goes a short description of the changes.

- Fixed the Russian translation. It wasn't update for a long time it seems, and
there were many fuzzy translations that changed the sense to exactly opposing.
I hope it's okay to put it here, but if it is not, I can submit it as a
separate patch for the translation team.

- textdomain_codeset() should always request the utf-8 encoding for Gtk
programs! It was requesting locale.nl_langinfo(locale.CODESET) in many places
and Gtk behaves erratically (in the best case) if you feed it non-UTF8 strings.
system-config-firewall even crashes because of this.

- The console output use the locale.nl_langinfo(locale.CODESET) encoding since
they output to the terminal and that's the right encoding for the terminal.

- The console input (e.g. the output from ifup/ifdown etc) is decoded from
current locale encoding to utf-8.

- I have set the auto-size property of the columns in the device list since
with Russian translation the column widths are not enough and the text is cut

- I have enlarged a little (very little) some windows since even English text
does not fit.

I have built a test RPM and it works perfectly for me, I have tried the
following locales:


And in all these locales the translation was perfect.

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Comment 4 Andrew Zabolotny 2008-04-04 20:17:39 UTC
The patch above actually applies to fedora 8 :-)

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