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

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 13:05:06 +0100

Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> 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.
>

That log message is in UTF-8, which is perfectly OK. Subversion will
convert that to you locale's encoding if it can; if not, it will
"transliterate" (but not really; we need a real transliterating iconv).
Set your locale correctly and that "svn log" output will go away.

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