[PATCH v3 8/8] nmbug-status: Hardcode UTF-8 instead of using the user's locale

Subject: [PATCH v3 8/8] nmbug-status: Hardcode UTF-8 instead of using the user's locale

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:47:23 -0800

To: notmuch@notmuchmail.org

Cc: Tomi Ollila

From: W. Trevor King

David [1] and Tomi [2] both feel that the user's choice of LANG is not
explicit enough to have such a strong effect on nmbug-status.  For
example, cron jobs usually default to LANG=C, and that is going to
give you ASCII output:

  $ LANG=C python -c 'import locale; print(locale.getpreferredencoding())'

Trying to print Unicode author names (and other strings) in that
encoding would crash nmbug-status with a UnicodeEncodeError.  To avoid
that, this patch hardcodes UTF-8, which can handle generic Unicode,
and is the preferred encoding (regardless of LANG settings) for
everyone who has chimed in on the list so far.  I'd prefer trusting
LANG, but in the absence of any users that prefer non-UTF-8 encodings
I'm fine with this approach.

While we could achieve the same effect on the output content by
dropping the previous patch (nmbug-status: Encode output using the
user's locale), Tomi also wanted UTF-8 hardcoded as the config-file
encoding [2].  Keeping the output encoding patch and then adding this
to hardcode both the config-file and output encodings at once seems
the easiest route, now that fd29d3f (nmbug-status: Decode Popen output
using the user's locale, 2014-02-10) has landed in master.

[1]: id="877g8z4v4x.fsf@zancas.localnet"
[2]: id="m2vbwj79lu.fsf@guru.guru-group.fi"
 devel/nmbug/nmbug-status | 3 +--
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/devel/nmbug/nmbug-status b/devel/nmbug/nmbug-status
index 8cc097a..beb2af5 100755
--- a/devel/nmbug/nmbug-status
+++ b/devel/nmbug/nmbug-status
@@ -13,7 +13,6 @@ import codecs
 import collections
 import datetime
 import email.utils
-import locale
 try:  # Python 3
     from urllib.parse import quote
 except ImportError:  # Python 2
@@ -27,7 +26,7 @@ import subprocess
 import xml.sax.saxutils
-_ENCODING = locale.getpreferredencoding() or sys.getdefaultencoding()
 _PAGES = {}