LC_ALL=ru_RU.cp1251 ls -l encoding problem.

Andy Koppe
Tue Sep 7 05:41:00 GMT 2010

On 6 September 2010 21:25, Thomas Wolff wrote:
>  Am 06.09.2010 11:07, schrieb Corinna Vinschen:
>> On Sep  5 21:16, Oleksandr Gavenko wrote:
>>> As you can see user/group always printed in UTF-8
>>> and discard LC_ALL=cp1251.
>>>   $ LC_ALL=ru_RU.cp1251 mintty
>> The problem is, what is the encoding of the /etc/passwd file itself?
>> If it's UTF-8, it's UTF-8.  If you want to use another encoding
>> throughout, you would have to generate the /etc/passwd and /etc/group
>> files in that other encoding as well.
> Which is a problem if different users have different locale preferences, and
> also a problem to configure for non-experts.

True, but you'd get the same problem on Linux, i.e. it's basically
assumed that the same encoding is used across the whole system (and
UTF-8 is the only sensible choice for that, except in limited

That doesn't need to stop Cygwin from doing better, though, as of
course it does with filenames already.

> What about making the functions that access user/group information aware of
> this, i.e. interpreting the files as UTF-8 and interpreting
> parameters/results according to current locale?
> (getpwuid, getpwnam, getlogin, ...)

Makes sense, me thinks.


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