[Fedora-packaging] UTF-8 package names

Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski dominik at greysector.net
Wed Feb 27 00:56:34 UTC 2008

On Tuesday, 26 February 2008 at 23:09, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-02-26 at 13:54 -0500, seth vidal wrote:
> > On Tue, 2008-02-26 at 13:49 -0500, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > > Bill Nottingham (notting at redhat.com) said: 
> > > > The biggest issue I could see is that any issues in handling such a package
> > > > would need to be fixed *everywhere* that package is deployed, whether it
> > > > be current Fedora, earlier Fedora, or EPEL. It may not be practical to
> > > > deploy such fixes everywhere.
> To me, these are the least issues. They are of a technical nature and
> can be overcome/fixed (utf-8)
> My concern is usability of the distro. 
> IMO, we can not avoid to restrict certain aspects of the distro to the
> least common denominator. Package-names are such a case.
> > > Consider, for example, that such a package breaks bugzilla. Although I
> > > suppose that's one way to avoid getting bug reports.
> > > 
> > 
> > /me renames yum to ᶨᶬⱴ
> Is this Farsi, Arab or Hebrew?
> Proposal: Let's rename the bodhi and koji packages + their primary
> executables into their Indian rsp. Japanese equivalents :)

I, for one, have nothing against 工事. At least I wouldn't have to cringe
at the bad romanization that's used all over the place. :P

As for executables, you can always do something like
# ln -s 工事 /usr/bin/koji
and ship both... just kidding.

Although this discussion sheds an entirely new light on l10n/i18n. Imagine
a fully localised system, where not only messages, but also everything else
is translated into local language.

/me imagines typing (pl_PL.UTF-8 locale)

$ znajdź . -typ p -upr 0600 -drukuj

Oh, the horror. ;)


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