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[perl #133177] [Unicode] Cannot print chr(0x00F6) properly

Karl Williamson via RT
May 9, 2018 16:39
[perl #133177] [Unicode] Cannot print chr(0x00F6) properly
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On Sat, 05 May 2018 01:14:34 -0700, wrote:
> * The Problem
> $ perl -e 'print chr(0x00F6)'
> ?%                                                  $ perl -e 'print
> chr(0x4396)'
> Wide character in print at -e line 1.
> 䎖%
> Where chr(0x00F6) should be ö and it is printed properly by Python or Perl
> 6 on my env so I infer that it is an issue about Perl.
> * Version Info
> $ perl -v
> This is perl 5, version 26, subversion 2 (v5.26.2) built for
> darwin-thread-multi-2level
> Copyright 1987-2018, Larry Wall
> Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License or
> the
> GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 source kit.
> Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on
> this system using "man perl" or "perldoc perl".  If you have access to the
> Internet, point your browser at, the Perl Home Page.
> - PS: Looking forward to your reply. At least let me know this e-mail has
> been received. I used `perlbug` program some days ago and got no reply.
> Alex.

If you add the -C option, it works properly

perl -C -e 'print chr(0x00F6)'

What I suspect is happening is that your terminal is set up for UTF-8 text.  Perl is printing the F6, but that is illegal UTF-8, and so your terminal doesn't handle it as one might expect.  Perl doesn't know what your terminal is set up for.  Specifying the -C tells it.  

With -C, perl converts the F6 to its UTF-8 representation before printing.

The reason anything above 0xFF does print correctly is that it can't possibly be represented by a single byte, and so Perl converts it to UTF-8, and your terminal is happy. But you get the wide character warning indicating that Perl expects your terminal to not be able to handle UTF-8.

I don't know why the other tools seem to work here.

Can you detail what happened when your perlbug failed? 
Karl Williamson

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