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bug#3432: [h-e-w] 23.0.93; dired encoding

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: bug#3432: [h-e-w] 23.0.93; dired encoding
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 23:25:25 +0800
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090302)

Eli Zaretskii wrote:

If I'm right, this problem should show on other platforms as well, not
just on Windows, when the owner's or group's names include non-ASCII

Other platforms don't in general use the internal ls-lisp implementation to generate dired buffers, and most systems use utf-8 encoding in the locale these days, so even if file-attributes is called somewhere else with 'string as its second argument, there is a good chance that Emacs 23 will display the username correctly without decoding.

Also, while trying to test this, adduser refused to work, advising:

adduser: To avoid problems, the username should consist only of
letters, digits, underscores, periods, at signs and dashes, and not start with
a dash (as defined by IEEE Std 1003.1-2001).

So the probability of users on other systems running into this bug are fairly low.

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