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SubjectRe: JFS default behavior (was: UTF-8 in file systems? xfs/extfs/etc.)
On Friday 13 February 2004 04.03, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> > But that's not a reason not to fix the core problem - I don't want to
> > spent hours fixing filenames next time someone comes up with a new
> > encoding. Please put valid encoding info somewhere or declare filenames
> > are utf-8 od utf-16 only - changing user locale should not corrupt old
> > data.
> If you attach encoding to names for a whole filesystem, you will get
> really unpleasant bugs including security holes because some names
> won't be writable, so the fs will either return error codes when those
> names are used, or silently alter the names.

Depends on how to handle those undecodeble file names. non-ascii filenames are
probably a security issue (negative characters) with some apps. Making them inaccessible
is definitely not ok. I proposed one version, although it might be a good idea to look at those file
systems that handle the problem already so a uniform solution could be used that makes all filenames
accessible regardless of which characters are used and doesn't cause unneccessary
confusion as to what is the name.

-- robin
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