NetworkManager and "illegal" SSID chars = crash?

Owen Taylor otaylor at
Wed Sep 5 16:44:19 UTC 2007

On 9/5/07, Richi Plana <myfedora at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-05 at 16:13 +0300, Pekka Pietikainen wrote:
> > Actually 802.11 says SSID's are octet strings of 1-32 bytes, doesn't
> > have to be alphanumeric. If NM barfs on unprintable chars, then it's a bug
> > and should be fixed (Showing unprintable chars using escape codes
> > to the user etc.)
> Shouldn't those octet character strings be converted to Unicode strings,
> anyway? I thought that Gtk (via Pango) had displaying international
> character down pat.

In order to "convert octet character strings" into Unicode and display
them, you have to know what encoding the strings are in. Bytes are
just bytes until you have an encoding.

- Owen

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