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svn log behaves strangely when characters cannot be represented in the local charset

From: Vincent Lefevre <vincent+svn_at_vinc17.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 12:41:51 +0100

When in a log message, some characters cannot be represented in the
charset specified by the current locale, all the non-ASCII characters
are silently converted in a strange format, e.g. I get:

  Test caract?\195?\168re non ISO-8859-1: ?\226?\134?\146

in ISO-8859-1 for the log message:

  Test caractère non ISO-8859-1: →

I don't think such a format is useful in practice. For this reason,
not outputing a warning to stderr (telling which revisions could not
be handled correctly) and not terminating with a non-zero exit status
is a bug, IMHO.

Tested with svn version 1.4.6 (r28521) under Debian/unstable.

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