[PATCH] mtd: nand: Kconfig: drop utf8 characters
walch.martin at web.de
Sun Dec 16 22:27:20 EST 2012
Am Montag, 3. Dezember 2012, 15:29:13 schrieb Artem Bityutskiy:
> On Mon, 2012-11-26 at 17:18 -0600, Scott Wood wrote:
> > On 11/26/2012 05:07:25 PM, Wolfram Sang wrote:
> > > The Linux Kernel Configuration system (lkc) expects 8 bit characters
> > > only (declared in scripts/kconfig/zconf.l: %option 8bit).
> > That option contrasts with being limited to 7-bit characters, not with
> > accepting UTF-8. It may be that kconfig has problems with UTF-8, but I
> > don't think this is why.
> Whatever has problems with UTF-8 - it is better to fix that instead of
> hiding the problem by removing UTF-8 characters.
The kernel configuration system does not support multibyte characters. I have
not found any hint that support for multibyte characters has been specified or
taken into account. In many places throughout the configuration system, only
single byte characters are assumed. In bug #43067
I have attached screenshots showing a problem with utf-8 characters in the
interactive nconfig menu.
More usage of utf-8 characters could even lead to worse problems: the flex
scanner only allows the characters [A-Za-z0-9_] in symbol names. Other input
will make the scanner ignore a character or refuse the input at all ("syntax
The handling of multibyte characters in string values depends on the
configuration menu in use. menuconfig will not allow any multibyte input. When
editing a predefined string with multibyte characters in it, things will break.
nconfig is even worse. xconfig substitutes characters with '?'.
Character counts do not work correctly. When using many multibyte characters
funny things happen like text lines being cut off.
To make a long story short: multibyte characters in Kconfig files lead to
undefined behaviour. This is no implementation bug. The configuration system
just has not been designed for processing them. So utf-8 support can not be
achieved with an easy fix, but will need comprehensive changes.
I do not know if anyone is willing to actually make all the necessary work to
properly support utf-8 in the configuration system. However, I suppose this
will not happen any time soon. Therefore I suggest removing the multibyte
characters for now.
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