0010-set-language.patch forces UTF-8 into use in ~/.pam_environment

Bug #1033698 reported by Teemu Toivola
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
accountsservice (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The modification done by 0010-set-language.patch (see LP: #866062) cause UTF-8 to be forced in ~/.pam_environment even if something else has been defined in /etc/default/locale.

/etc/default/locale contains:

After login from lightdm ~/.pam_environment contains:

and that result in UTF-8 being forced to use for example in terminals.

This problem can be traced to 0010-set-language.patch that introduces the function "user_locale_utf8_fix" that for some reason gets called every time variables are handled. As a result, it's not possible to have UTF-8 disabled.

As a very crude hack, I've modified the /usr/share/language-tools/save-to-pam-env script to call sed and remove any UTF-8 string before the exit line.

Version information:
Xubuntu 12.04
  Installed: 0.6.15-2ubuntu9.2
  Candidate: 0.6.15-2ubuntu9.2
  Version table:
 *** 0.6.15-2ubuntu9.2 0
        500 http://fi.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     0.6.15-2ubuntu9.1 0
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/main amd64 Packages
     0.6.15-2ubuntu9 0
        500 http://fi.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages

Revision history for this message
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, setting Low priority there are very few reasons to not use UTF8 nowadays

Changed in accountsservice (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
marek keram (makory1)
Changed in accountsservice (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Revision history for this message
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

While I think you are right about the Ubuntu UIs generally don't support non-UTF-8 locales, it seems not to be because of the user_locale_utf8_fix() function in 0010-set-language.patch. user_locale_utf8_fix() does not convert UTF-8 locale names to non-UTF-8 names; it just replaces .utf8 with .UTF-8 to not reintroduce bug 666565.

Personally I think that in order to make Ubuntu support non-UTF-8 locales would need rather extensive changes in a bunch of packages. If that's what you want, discussing it on e.g. ubuntu-devel-discuss is probably a good idea.

Changed in accountsservice (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → New
Changed in accountsservice (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for accountsservice (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in accountsservice (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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