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Re: getent group fails

On May  9 19:06, Denis Excoffier wrote:
> On 2014-05-09 11:13, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > On May  7 19:39, Denis Excoffier wrote:
> > Thanks for the report.  I made a dumb Copy/paste error.  This should
> > be fixed in the today's snapshot from
> Indeed, it is working now.
> Also, i have noticed that 'getent group' produces this line:
> +Utilisateurs authentifiÃÂs:S-1-5-11:11:
>  (with \303\251 meaning é, like under UTF-8)
> while 'getent passwd' produces (among other lines):
> +SERVICE RÃSEAU:*:20:20:,S-1-5-20:/:/sbin/nologin
>   (with \311 meaning É, like under ISO-Latin)
> This is with LC_CTYPE=fr_FR, no /etc/nsswitch.conf, /etc/passwd
> and /etc/group with only one line each, domain member with currently no
> network connected, under Cygwin 32bits 'Just Me', installed on top of
> XP SP3 32bits [french only], with snapshot '20140508 19:51:25â,
> and all packages up-to-date.
> If i setenv LC_CTYPE C, or unsetenv LC_CTYPE, i also get UTF-8 for
> 'getent passwd' (ie for both).
> What bothers me is that under LC_CTYPE=fr_FR (or fr_FR@euro), the
> getent output is not consistent.

I can't explain that.  In both cases, getent calls setlocale(LC_ALL, "").
In both cases, the account information comes as UTF-16 string from
the OS and is converted to multibyte in Cygwin.

The only (vague) idea I have is that this may be a result of caching.
If the first account ("authenticated users") has been fetched while
LANG was still set to "C" or "C.UTF-8", it would explain this

Which shows that using non UTF-8 locales is not such a good idea.  There
is a chicken-egg problem.  Early initialization always uses UTF-8 for
hopefully obvious reasons.  Using UTF-8 in all multibyte scenarios is
really the way to go in future.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Maintainer                 cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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