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'Failure during string recode' message not very helpful...

From: Joerg Hessdoerfer <Joerg.Hessdoerfer_at_sea-gmbh.com>
Date: 2003-11-11 19:56:46 CET


I just ran across a minor issue, just an unhelpful error message. If you check
in files from a Windows box with ugly german chars in their filenames, and
try to checkout later on a linux box in any other locale, you get an 'error
during string recode', and dang, checkout stops.
For anyone not expecting this, this seems like a showstopper: the repos is
'unusable' from linux. (Okay, so what, change the locale to 'german' or
'de_DE.ISO-8859-1', and there you go.) But - most people won't know.
Especially if they never dealt with locales and such itches in their own
Shouldn't this give an error like
'Filename could not be encoded in your current locale. Please set your locale

Even better would be a reference to a doc chapter on this (if existant). Is
this an issue? I really don't know much about the specific innards involved
here in SVN, but it really left one of our developers in a desperate state

BTW, is there any chance to find out from which locale a file was committed?
Would that help on that issue? Probably like setting the locale in the client
to the correct one (if that exists) when checking out or whatever? Am I on

Greetings from a happy user,

Leading SW developer  - S.E.A GmbH
Mail: joerg.hessdoerfer@sea-gmbh.com
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