problems with Turkish locale with a third party frontend

Bug #921758 reported by Sławomir Nizio on 2012-01-25
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Jamie Strandboge

Bug Description

ufw 0.30.1
original bug report here: http://bugs.sabayon.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2952

ufw-frontends ( http://code.google.com/p/ufw-frontends/ ) is a nice third-party GUI frontend (currently Gtk+ only) for UFW.
It works without any problem - unless it's run in Turkish (tr_TR.UTF-8) locale.

I'm filing the bug report for ufw, not there for the reasons:
a) it works in ufw because for some reason locale inside _get_defaults() in backend.py is reset, so no tr_TR.UTF-8 that causing the problem there. If something changes in the future, ufw will suffer this bug too;
b) someone who knows Python well, after quick review agreed it seems more of a bug in UFW and suggests using UTF-8 encoding for files (snippet below).
Of course you know UFW best and what to think about it, but please take a look.

Now about the problem.
Consider the following:

python -c 'import locale; locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, "tr_TR.UTF-8"); print "STRING".lower()'
if "STRING" is not u"nicode string", it prints "strIng". This is exactly what happens in UFW backend when ran from ufw-frontends.

Result is this message:
Missing policy for 'input'
on command line when one tries to run, for example, "ufw status".

Problem is in backend.py, here:

174 def _get_defaults(self):
175 '''Get all settings from defaults file'''
176 self.defaults = {}
177 for f in [self.files['defaults'], self.files['conf']]:
178 try:
179 orig = ufw.util.open_file_read(f)
180 except Exception:
181 err_msg = _("Couldn't open '%s' for reading") % (f)
182 raise UFWError(err_msg)
183 pat = re.compile(r'^\w+="?\w+"?')
184 for line in orig:
185 if pat.search(line):
186 tmp = re.split(r'=', line.strip())
187 self.defaults[tmp[0].lower()] = tmp[1].lower().strip('"\ '')

line 187 and the lower() function.
Maybe-solutions out of my head:
a) set LC_CTYPE to C.
b) use .decode() and .encode()?
and from that guy mentioned above, which I have tested mostly and does the job:
--- src/util.py
+++ src/util.py
@@ -205,8 +205,9 @@

 def open_file_read(f):
     '''Opens the specified file read-only'''
+ import codecs
- orig = open(f, 'r')
+ orig = codecs.open(f, 'r', "UTF-8")
     except Exception:

Related branches

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Thank you for the excellent bug report. I'll get this fixed up in the next version of ufw.

Changed in ufw:
assignee: nobody → Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand)
status: New → Triaged
Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Patch to fix this issue.

Changed in ufw:
status: Triaged → In Progress
Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Passes ufw test suite.

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

patch looks fine to me. ACK.

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Fix committed to trunk. This will be included in the next release of ufw.

Changed in ufw:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Sławomir Nizio (snizio) wrote :


Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

This should be fixed in 0.31.

Changed in ufw:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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