[arch-dev-public] Encoding issues - gmail?

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Fri Nov 7 13:25:13 EST 2008

Aaron Griffin schrieb:
> Hey guys, I wanted to know if I screwed this up, or if it's just
> gmail. When Francois commits something, gmail displays the cedilla
> funny:
> On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM, François Charette
> <francois at archlinux.org> wrote:
> In case it shows up fine for you, it appears to be Fran(A with a thing
> over it)(double S section marker thing)ois
> This name is pulled from /etc/passwd, so I have a feeling if it IS
> screwed up, it may be a problem with how I entered it in that file.
> Can anyone see it properly? Is it an encoding/font issue with my
> browser, or a problem in /etc/passwd ?

Basically, everything should be done in UTF8 nowadays. However, it also 
has to be ensured that you have UTF8 enabled when reading the commit 
message and that whatever sends the mails specifies UTF8 as charset in 
the header. BTW, I'd like to have the ä in my last name in my passwd 
entry please :)

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