On 2009-Aug-19, at 5:00 am, Troels Liebe Bentsen wrote:
My idea of working with file names would be that we default to
filesystem settings, but give the options of working with paths/file
binary or a specific encoding.
As mentioned in the old thread, encoding is only vaguely related to
The problem (or one of them) is that if I create a file today, and
then change my locale tomorrow, I end up with a garbled filename. Of
course, people don't as a rule change to a different locale every day,
but I still think this is a situation where we need to put the onus on
That is, either Perl can determine the encoding (e.g. because the
filesystem indicates it in some way), or else the user needs to pick
one explicitly. If you get a list of files from reading a dir, and
don't need to display the names or anything, you might get away with
treating them as undistinguished bytes; but as soon as Perl does
anything that needs an encoding and one hasn't been specified, it
should complain bitterly.
It's the same reasoning why I think specifying a timezone should be
required: it's not that much work for the user to add "use
IO::Encoding $volume => <utf-8>", and at least that way naive users
will be alerted to the fact that something's going on. It's up to
them how much effort they think is worth devoting to the issue, but at
least they will be warned that there's an issue there to grapple with.