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bug#22838: New 'Binary file' detection considered harmful

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#22838: New 'Binary file' detection considered harmful
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:23:45 -0800

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 3:35 PM, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 02/29/2016 12:34 PM, Marcello Perathoner wrote:
>> Since 2.21 I will now have to always specify -a or LC_ALL=C when
>> grepping my files.
> I suggest using -a. LC_ALL=C won't work the way that you want on platforms
> where the C locale is UTF-8, or is pure ASCII. For example, on Fedora 23 or
> RHEL 7 with grep 2.23 we have:
> $ printf '\200\n' | LC_ALL=C grep .
> Binary file (standard input) matches
> This is because the C locale is pure ASCII on these platforms, i.e., '\200'
> is not a valid character the way it is with traditional Unix.  I don't know
> why Red Hat made that change.

Wow. I hadn't noticed that using LC_ALL=C is inadequate.

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