[OS X Emacs] Re: Return of dired mode problems like in Aquaemacs 1.7

David Reitter david.reitter at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 19:13:24 EDT 2009

On Aug 15, 2009, at 1:59 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>>> export LANG=de_DE.ISO8859-15
>>> on a Mac (NS port), and a directory that contains a folder named  
>>> "Tätää"(i.e. a German umlaut), viewing the directory with `dired'  
>>> fails with an error message.
> Interestingly this works with the X client version! The problem it  
> has, is with the date of a file:
>  -rw-r--r--    1 pete  admin    15421 29 Nov  2004  
> EnvironmentVars.html
>  -rw-r--r--    1 pete  admin    13601 16 M\344r  2005 Georgisch
> The other problem is with displaying a directory or file name with  
> umlaut in mode-line: instead of using the composed character from  
> the font its constituents are taken from various fonts and thrown  
> together...
> Your problem in Emacs.app is easily reproduced by having a clean 7- 
> bit directory with clean 7-bit files – and at least one entry with a  
> date that has an umlaut, for example: Mär!
> When LC_CTYPE and LANG are de_DE.UTF-8 then this month name does  
> *not* produce an error:
>  lrwxr-xr-x     1 root  admin       11  7 Mär 13:46 etc -> private/etc
> After any error has occurred, this fine presentation is destroyed  
> and we're back at M\344r!

OK, so I can't reproduce this easily with Emacs.app, that is, with a  
vanilla build of Emacs 23.1 (or its CVS branch that is, NextStep port).

I can reproduce it with Aquamacs 2.0-series.

How do you reproduce?  Where do you set these env vars, in Emacs with  
setenv, or in the login shell, or in the parent process that starts  
Emacs (e.g., Terminal/shell)?

- David

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