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Re: t0028-working-tree-encoding.sh failing on musl based systems (Alpine Linux)

On Fri, Feb 08, 2019 at 09:50:07AM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> "brian m. carlson" <sandals@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >> So would you suggest that we just skip this test on Alpine Linux?
> >
> > That's not exactly what I said. If Alpine Linux users are never going to
> > use this functionality and don't care that it's broken, then that's a
> > fine solution.
> >
> > As originally mentioned, musl could change its libiconv to write a BOM,
> > which would make it compatible with other known iconv implementations.
> >
> > There's also the possibility of defining NO_ICONV. That basically means
> > that your system won't support encodings, and then this test shouldn't
> > matter.
> >
> > Finally, you could try applying a patch to the test to make it write the
> > BOM for UTF-16 since your iconv doesn't. I expect that the test will
> > fail again later on once you've done that, though.
> Sorry for being late to the party, but is the crux of the issue this
> piece early in the test?
>     printf "$text" | iconv -f UTF-8 -t UTF-16 >test.utf16.raw &&
>     ...
>     cp test.utf16.raw test.utf16 &&
>     ...
>     git add .gitattributes test.utf16 test.utf16lebom &&
> where we expect "iconv -t UTF-16" means "write UTF16 in whatever
> byteorder of your choice, but do write BOM", and iconv
> implementations we have seen so far are in line with that
> expectation, but the one on Apline writes UTF16 in big endian
> without BOM?

Firstly, the tests expect iconv -t UTF-16 to output a BOM, which it
indeed does not do on Alpine. Secondly, git itself also expects the BOM
to be present when the encoding is set to UTF-16, otherwise it will

> If that is the case, I think it is our expectation that is at fault
> in this case, as I think the most natural interpretation of "UTF-16"
> without any modifiers (like "BE") ought to be "UTF16 stream
> expressed in any way of writers choice, as long as it is readable by
> standard compliant readers", in other words, "write UTF16 in
> whatever byteorder of your choice, with or without BOM, but if you
> omit BOM, you SHOULD write in big endian".  So
>  - If our later test assumes that test.utf16 is UTF16 with BOM, that
>    already assumes too much;
>  - If our later test assumes that test.utf16 is UTF16 in big endian,
>    that assumes too much, too.
> As suggested earlier in the thread, the easiest workaround would be
> to update the preparation of test.utf16.raw may to force big endian
> with BOM by preprending BE-BOM by hand before "iconv -t UTF-32BE"
> output (I am assuming that UTF-32BE will stay to be "big endian
> without BOM" in the future).  That would make sure that the
> assumption later tests have on test.utf16 is held true.

I tried change the test to manually inject a BOM to the file (and
setting iconv to UTF-16LE / UTF16-BE, which lets the first test go
through, but test 3 then fails, because git itself output the file
without BOM, presumably because it's passed through iconv.

So I'm not sure if it's a matter of just fixing the tests.