Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71496
a2ps can not handle UTF-8
Last modified: 2010-08-23 07:14:05 EDT
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Description of problem:
When handling text files using accented/language specific characters such as e,d
and v, a2ps will not correctly convert them (d becomes C$ for instance).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a text file 'test.txt' with the line "e, d and v are Swedish characters"
2. run 'a2ps test.txt'
3. The printed ps will not have the correct characters
Actual Results: a2ps does not handle UTF-8 characters like e,d and v.
Expected Results: I should get the correct characters
a2ps doesn't handle UTF-8 at *all* yet. It only works for non-accented
characters by luck.
This is not about accented characters only. Ideally, we'd want a2ps to support
-X utf-8 or similar and to be able to deal with arbitrary UTF-8 documents...
*** Bug 113177 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 118036 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
gnome-u2ps might make sense to help you.
Yes, definitely! Thanks for pointing that out!
The real problem is that a2ps is not under active maintenance
upstream. Does Red Hat (or anyone else) plan to pick this up? Maybe
this should be "advertised" to the "community" as something that needs
an active maintainer. I have no idea if the original developer would
feel about this but there has been no active maintenance for at least
a couple of years and the only thing on the mailing list was SPAM
(before I unsubscribed).
Red Hat apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We do want to
make sure that no important bugs slip through the cracks.
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This still exists in FC3, and may be in later releases of FC as well.
Aleksey -- FC3 is already under Fedora Legacy and is only getting updates for
security issues. I'm going to move this to devel, whre it can be closed if need be.
The paps package can handle UTF-8 input, and will probably replace a2ps before long.
*** Bug 253368 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 610257 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***