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Bug 69322

Summary: python ebuild does not support wide char type functions
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: S.Caglar Onur <caglar>
Component: [OLD] Core systemAssignee: Python Gentoo Team <python>
Severity: enhancement CC: baris
Priority: Highest Keywords: Inclusion
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---
Attachments: python-2.3.4-wctype.patch

Description S.Caglar Onur 2004-10-28 14:28:56 UTC
Python [ 2.3.x series ] can handle wide chars, but current ebuilds not use this functions properly. For example in tr_TR.UTF-8 locale, upper case of "i" is differ than "I" ( correct one is I WITH THE DOT ABOVE ), and lower case of "I" is differ than "i" ( correct one is LATIN SMALL LETTER DOTLESS I ) but if wide char support is not enabled then python converts them into "I" and "i" respectively, which is wrong.

Maybe a local USE flag can be implemented and used in ebuild. ( Patch is written by Baris Metin <> )
Comment 1 S.Caglar Onur 2004-10-28 14:29:54 UTC
Created attachment 42802 [details, diff]

written by Baris Metin (
Comment 2 Alastair Tse (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-10-29 02:09:49 UTC
i'd support adding it as a default option and not underneath a useflag. we'll consider this for python-2.4
Comment 3 Heinrich Wendel (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-24 16:14:06 UTC
what's the status of this?
Comment 4 Alastair Tse (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-26 05:13:15 UTC
well, upon further investigation, there were soem comments about wctype causing problems for certain locales, and a proposal to remove that switch for later versions of python.

so i'm not so sure about adding this switch in now.
Comment 5 S.Caglar Onur 2005-04-26 05:48:05 UTC
Because of this problem, i suggested to implement a use flag, so decision may made by user( all Turkish spoken users need this to correct case operations ). I think "unicode" flag suitable for this situation like this;

if use unicode; then
	myconf="${myconf} --with-wctype-functions"

what u think?
Comment 6 Alastair Tse (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-26 06:05:22 UTC
unicode isn't a suitable flag in this case, if it is only for the turkish locale. the problems that they describe seem to be quite serious (toupper() and tolower() giving the wrong output), but i'm not sure whether it applies to the turkish locale. 

i'm not quite sure what the status of linguas support is, but maybe using that to enable it would be better. the unicode is used for many other languages like chinese and japanese that don't require wctype support for normal operations.
Comment 7 S.Caglar Onur 2005-04-26 06:34:44 UTC
After talked with kloeri in irc, i just send an email to python-dev to get status of wctype support in Python. As soon as they reply, ill also update here...
Comment 8 Alastair Tse (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-09-02 05:03:17 UTC

There was never a suitable conclusion to this. One possible solution would
probably be only enabling this for the turkish locale, but I really don't
want to do that.

REOPEN if a suitable solution can be found.