From: George W Gerrity (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Dec 23 2007 - 19:40:13 CST
On 2007-12-24, at 08:15, Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven wrote:
> On my FreeBSD system I am trying to track down an encoding issue
> with ncurses
> and Python. After having beating my head against it for the entire
> day I
> figured someone on this list would have a clue.
> Characters from the basic latin block are ok, but any multibye
> character seems
> to get mangled in one way or other.
> For example, a character such as 的 (U+7684) gets changed to U+fffd
> ~Z ~D. In
> general most characters get transformed to a U+fffd + ~.. + ~..
> Where .. is a Basic Latin printable character (apparently between U
> +0040 -
> I am not seeing a, probably, very simple mangling. Even having
> written out
> everything in bit and hex sequences did not show much of a system,
> aside from
> the last digit being preserved, e.g. U+7684 still has an 4 at the
> end since D
> is U+0044.
> Python uses UTF-16 (UCS-2) internally and my locale, to which
> everything is
> decoded, uses UTF-8.
> So to take the example, U+7684 would be e7.98.84 in UTF-8 and the
> sequence I
> got, aside from U+fffd, is 7e.5a.7e.44.
The e7 in the correct encoding and the 7e in the incorrect one
suggest to me a byte-order and/or bit-order problem. Are all the
Little-Endian/Big-Endian flags correct in the entire system build?
Are definitions such as Unsigned Integer and the sizes for all
integers defined correctly in all source code for the entire build?
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> To give two more examples for completeness sake:
> 居 - U+5c45 - e5.b0.85 - U+fffd ~E (7e.45)
> 把 - U+628a - e6.88.8a - U+fffd ~J~J (7e.4a.7e.4a)
> Is this some sort of signed/unsigned issue?
> Mmm, of course, ideas strike when you are about to send this...
> í - U+00ed gives me two U+fffd, in UTF-8 it would c3.ad, which are
> both above
> 7e. There's some cut off happening, but I am not seeing in which
> direction I
> need to continue seeking.
> Ideas are very much welcome!
> Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven <asmodai(-at-)in-nomine.org> / asmodai
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