[tex-live] bug in TeX Live Utility

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Mon Jul 13 18:41:24 CEST 2009

On Sun, 12 Jul 2009, Karl Berry wrote:
>     Commenting out
>     binmode(STDOUT, ":utf8");
>     in tlmgr.pl 'fixes' this problem, but I've no idea how it should be  
>     solved correctly.
> Evidently that binmode is causing double encoding.  I don't remember why
> it's there.
> The description originally comes from the TeX Catalogue.  There, it
> looks like UTF-8 to me: 0342 0200 0230 character 0342 0200 0231, which
> is the usual thing for the Unicode quotes.
> In texlive.tlpdb, I see the same byte sequence.
> But in tlmgr show output, I see
> 0303 0242 0302 0200 0302 0230 character 0303 0242 0302 0200 0302 0231
> which just looks like garbage.
> Norbert?

I don't remember. I *DO* remember that there was a reason, probably because
the output on an UTF8 system or an ISO8859-15 system was garbled.

Honestly, if *ANYONE* here can make sense of all the :FOOBAR in perl
and can explain me how I get:
- guaranteed utf8 encoded files saved (saving tlpdb)
- reading from tlpdb in the right encoding
- output to stdout in the encoding that is the "correct" one
- and probably some other cases I forgot
then I would happily fix that, but AFAIR the binmode didn't come with
some reason.

Sorry, I know it is a pain.
And sorry, I don't know how to fix it.

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>        Vienna University of Technology
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