Re: [PATCH] update to version 0.03

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Fri Jun 08 2007 - 12:39:21 EST

On Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 04:42:36PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > >>> Does the console handle it correctly during boot?
> Yes
> > >>> Can all tools that process the syslog cope with it?
> Thats a stupid question. The tools people normally use can just fine.
> > >If you find any source file that contains UTF-8 outside of comments
> > >please complain loudly.
> >
> > I present loudly and proudly (I *don't* complain):
> Point made - Adrian, if the tool complains about UTF-8 in author texts
> then its buggy and should not be merged. The fact you have a personal
> issue with it is neither here nor there

It's not a personal issue. Generally, I like UTF-8.

I'm simply saying that allowing UTF-8 in MODULE_AUTHOR and printk's as
you want to can have unwanted effects.

And I gave modinfo as an example for a tool that is not yet able to
handle UTF-8 correctly in all cases.

In my opinion, it's not worth the hassle to allow UTF-8 there.
Feel free to disagree.

> > So, we had some ISO8859-1 and some UTF-8 in there already. (And as for
> > MODULE_AUTHOR, it should stay there - 'fix' modinfo instead.)
> Using UTF-8 not 8859-1 for consistency is sensible, especially as 8859-1
> is obsolete and effectively useless now (although I guess much of the
> '8859-1' in the kernel is 1:1 with 8859-15, which isn't so obsolete but
> is just as useless)

Agreed, if we allow a non-ASCII charset, it should be UTF-8.



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