Messages with non-ASCII characters displayed with UTF-8 sequences

Vincent Lefevre vincent-opdarw at
Mon Mar 5 04:47:36 PST 2007

For those who are in non-UTF-8 locales and use non-English locales
(with messages containing non-ASCII characters, such as accented
characters) and wonder if something gets wrong with these messages:

On my machine, all these messages suddenly appeared with undecoded
UTF-8 sequences, and I took me some time to find out what the cause
was: the new version of m4 (1.4.8b_1), that supplies a file
/opt/local/lib/charset.alias whose effect is to regard any charset
as UTF-8! I've reported the bug:

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