[debhelper-devel] Bug#873831: Bug#873831: debhelper: [meson] Default to a UTF8 locale?

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Thu Aug 31 21:37:30 UTC 2017

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:41:18PM +0300, Jussi Pakkanen wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 5:37 PM, Jeremy Bicha <jbicha at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> > I believe that meson assumes it's built using a UTF-8 locale. Is this
> > something we can have debhelper handle automatically for the meson
> > buildsystem?

> A more interesting question is why does Debian insist on using a
> default setting from 1968? Utf-8 has been around and used by default
> for 10+ years. Why is it not the default for package building by now?

Because the transition is fraught.  C.UTF-8 is now built and always
available as part of the libc package, but it's not built into the binary
and making libc itself treat it as a built-in default is problematic; which
means there's a need to configure C.UTF-8 on the system at install time as
the default.

It is the correct thing to do going forward; it's just a little unclear how
to get there cleanly.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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