On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 07:01:47PM -0700, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 5:52 PM, Peter Eisentraut
> <peter.eisentr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> > On 9/18/17 18:46, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
> >> As I pointed out a couple of times already [1], we don't currently
> >> sanitize ICU's BCP 47 language tags within CREATE COLLATION.
> >
> > There is no requirement that the locale strings for ICU need to be BCP
> > 47.  ICU locale names like 'de@collation=phonebook' are also acceptable.
> Right. But, we only document that BCP 47 is supported by Postgres.
> Maybe we can use get_icu_language_tag()/uloc_toLanguageTag() to ensure
> that we end up with BCP 47, even when the user happens to specify the
> legacy syntax. Should we be "canonicalizing" legacy ICU locale strings
> as BCP 47, too?
> > The reason they are not validated is that, as you know, ICU accepts any
> > locale string as valid.  You appear to have found a way to do some
> > validation, but I would like to see that code.
> As I mentioned, I'm simply calling
> get_icu_language_tag()/uloc_toLanguageTag() to do that sanitization.
> The code to get the extra sanitization is completely trivial.
> I didn't post the patch that generates the errors in my opening e-mail
> because I'm not confident it's correct just yet. And, I think that I
> see a bigger problem: we pass a string that is almost certainly a BCP
> 47 string to ucol_open() from within pg_newlocale_from_collation(). We
> do so despite the fact that ucol_open() apparently doesn't accept BCP
> 47 syntax locale strings until ICU 54 [1]. Seems entirely possible
> that this accounts for the problems you saw on ICU 4.2, back when we
> were still creating keyword variants (I guess that the keyword
> variants seem very "BCP 47-ish" to me).
> I really think we need to add some kind of debug mode that makes ICU
> optionally spit out a locale display name at key points. We need this
> to gain confidence that the behavior that ICU provides actually
> matches what is expected across ICU different versions for different
> locale formats. We talked about this as a user-facing feature before,
> which can wait till v11; I just want this to debug problems like this
> one.
> [1] 
> https://ssl.icu-project.org/apiref/icu4c/ucol_8h.html#a4721e4c0a519bb0139a874e191223590

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