[Buildroot] Unicode problem with check-uniq-files

Yann E. MORIN yann.morin.1998 at free.fr
Thu Mar 22 20:41:45 UTC 2018

Jaap, All,

Please, keep the list in Cc next time...

On 2018-03-22 11:56 +0100, Jaap Crezee spake thusly:
> On 03/22/18 11:43, Jaap Crezee wrote:
> > ./support/scripts/check-uniq-files -t target /data/work/jcz/git/jidiot/clients/innr/buildroot_development/output/build/packages-file-list.txt
> > Traceback (most recent call last):
> >   File "./support/scripts/check-uniq-files", line 42, in <module>
> >     sys.exit(main())
> >   File "./support/scripts/check-uniq-files", line 31, in main
> >     for row in r:
> >   File "/usr/lib/python3.6/encodings/ascii.py", line 26, in decode
> >     return codecs.ascii_decode(input, self.errors)[0]
> > UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte
> Attached patch is working for me. If you agree with it, you can apply it.
> If you like I can ack. If you do not agree with this patch, what do you suggest?

> diff --git a/support/scripts/check-uniq-files b/support/scripts/check-uniq-files
> index be808cce03..82b0af24ba 100755
> --- a/support/scripts/check-uniq-files
> +++ b/support/scripts/check-uniq-files
> @@ -26,7 +26,7 @@ def main():
>          return False
>      file_to_pkg = defaultdict(list)
> -    with open(args.packages_file_list[0], 'r') as pkg_file_list:
> +    with open(args.packages_file_list[0], 'r', encoding="utf-8") as pkg_file_list:
>          r = csv.reader(pkg_file_list, delimiter=',')
>          for row in r:
>              pkg = row[0]

I'll be testing that, but it has to work in quite a few situations:

  - python 2.6, python 2.7, python 3.x

  - current locale is UTF-8 (is it LANG, or any of the other LC_* ones?)
    or it is not an UTF-8 locale.

However, we already discussed this with Thomas on IRC the other day, and
nothing guarantees that filenames are stored as UTF-8 streams on disk.

Since packages-file-list.txt only contains whatever 'find' will put in
there, and that 'find' will only put whatever it sees on-disk, its
encoding is definitely unpredictable, probably depending on the user's

So, even if UTF-8 is the prevalent encoding, nothing guarantees that it
is the only one we'd ever see, AFAIU...

Which means that your solution is probably just only a workaround that
happens to work for you and a lot of other situations, but is not the
correct solution.

I've been hacking that check-uniq-file script for two evenings now, and
I still don't see a good solution that makes it work in both python2 and
python3, with an UTF-8 locale or not...

I was thinking that maybe we could make it a python2 (not python)
script, but then some distros are switching to a python3-only setup
now, so that would break on those distros... Do you use such a distro,
by chance? Which one?

Anyway, more testing to be done here, thanks for the suggestion. I'll
report back later...

Yann E. MORIN.

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