AUTHORS list and the C locale on Mac OS X

Charles Davis cdavis at
Tue Nov 9 16:13:32 CST 2010

On 11/9/10 1:58 PM, James Mckenzie wrote:
> Charles Davis <cdavis at> wrote:
>> On 11/9/10 12:13 PM, James Mckenzie wrote:
>>> No, it is not a bug in GNU sed.  The authors.c file needs to have the erroneous characters for the language used by
>>> MacOSX changed to be acceptable?
>> That ain't gonna fly. I think we should explicitly use a UTF-8 locale
>> (like en_US.UTF-8 or some such) instead of the C locale when sed goes
>> over the AUTHORS file.
> Don't shoot the messenger.

The problem with your first idea--removing the bad characters directly
from the authors.c file--is that we'd need to use a utility like sed or
awk to implement it automatically--which puts us right back where we
started. (We could use diff/patch, but is it worth the effort to
maintain a patch for this? And would AJ let us put the patch file in
Wine? And if not, where would we put it?)
>  Maybe we can force the use of sed if it exists in the /usr/bin directory then to get around the 'brokenness' of GNU sed on the Mac?
Maybe. But that seems like a hack. A better way might be to detect if
we're on Mac OS and using GNU sed; in that case, we use /usr/bin/sed.
That's less of a hack, but still a hack.
>  If not, it is a real bear to set the language on a Mac per previous discussions on the Users list.
That was about setting LANG. Wine always obeys LC_*, and so does sed.

It's not the language that's the problem. It's the encoding. The AUTHORS
file is encoded in UTF-8, but GNU sed isn't using UTF-8 because we told
it not to (i.e. we told it to use MacRoman because that's the default
encoding for the C locale). If we tell it to use UTF-8 (by setting
LC_ALL to, for example, 'en_US.UTF-8'), it will process the file correctly.

Unfortunately, I just remembered that the name of the UTF-8 encoding is
different on Mac OS ('UTF-8') and Linux ('utf8'). That might prevent us
from setting LC_ALL differently. We might end up having to hack around
this the way either you or I described.


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