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bug#4712: File encoding


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: bug#4712: File encoding
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:38:05 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> > Maybe so, but this part of the OP's report:
>>> 
>>> >   value of $LANG: en_AU.UTF-8
>>> >   locale-coding-system: utf-8
>>> 
>>> > indicates that UTF-8 is the "native" encoding on the OP's machine, and
>>> > there is an overwhelming user demand for silently and transparently
>>> > switch to such a native encoding when we need to select an encoding.
>>> 
>>> The `coding' cookie trumps any such setting, since when we read the
>>> file, we will blindly obey the cookie without paying any attention to
>>> the user's locale.
>
>> Right, and we did:
>
>>   Selected encoding mule-utf-8-unix disagrees with iso-8859-1-unix
>>   specified by file contents.
>
> The fact that we even consider utf-8 is the bug, it means that the
> coding cookie didn't actually "trump" the locale setting.

Why do you think this is a bug?  The designated coding cannot encode the
buffer, so some other encoding must be selected.  That's the whole point
of the message.  It's the same when you force a coding with C-x C-m C-f,
except that then you get the more detailed message.

Andreas.

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