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bug #21629: Find with -iname switch cannot see filename containing character "ä"

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Fri 23 Nov 2007 04:24:53 AM UTC
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  Works For Me
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  jay
Originator Name:  Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  4.1.20
Fixed Release:  None
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Mon 17 Dec 2007 11:16:52 AM UTC, comment #8: 

OK.   Because there were some relevant bugfixes a long time ago and I can't reproduce the problem, I'm going to close the bug as obsolete.  If you can reproduce the problem with the current release of findutils (either 4.2.x or 4.3.x) please open a new bug.  Thanks.

James Youngman <jay>
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Mon 17 Dec 2007 10:53:44 AM UTC, comment #7: 

I'm still here...
However I'm on real shit wireless connection atm and it wont be until just after xmas that I'll have a real connection to work with... You will sure hear from me then I promise...
Nice to see you guys are really proactive on solving bugs.

Max <stereotype>
Sat 15 Dec 2007 10:33:32 PM UTC, comment #6: 


James Youngman <jay>
Group administrator
Sat 01 Dec 2007 06:06:38 AM UTC, comment #5: 

I'm moving continents in 4 days, hence my lack of time to report on this issue... I haven't forgotten about this, and I won't, since this company relies only on me to fix such issues, so I'll report back as soon as I find some free time...

Btw, this time find cannot see 7 files... It will be interesting to know more about what's going on...

Max <stereotype>
Fri 30 Nov 2007 10:59:02 AM UTC, comment #4: 

Max, any new information?

James Youngman <jay>
Group administrator
Mon 26 Nov 2007 03:09:29 AM UTC, comment #3: 

Hi. Ok we run a CentOS server, hence why I run an old find version.
The problem popped up again, so this time I'll use the latest find version and I'll report back soon...

Max <stereotype>
Fri 23 Nov 2007 12:13:33 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Thanks for the bug report.  But please take a look at the instructions presented at the top of the page that you used to submit the bug.  Item 1 in that list is  "Are you using a recent version of findutils? Is your problem fixed in the current version?".

You didn't say whether or not you also tested this with the current version of findutils; since you didn't mention  it, I'll assume not for the time being. 

youngman@whatever:/tmp/accents$ ls -1
youngman@whatever:/tmp/accents$ /usr/bin/find . -iname "*.mp3"
youngman@whatever:/tmp/accents$ /usr/bin/find --version
GNU find version 4.2.27
Features enabled: D_TYPE O_NOFOLLOW(enabled) LEAF_OPTIMISATION

So I think this problem is already fixed.  Please confirm whether or not this is the case.   Thanks.

James Youngman <jay>
Group administrator
Fri 23 Nov 2007 05:07:04 AM UTC, comment #1: 

4.1.20 is rather old; 4.3.9 was just released this month.

Meanwhile, -iname is based on strcasecmp, which is locale-dependent.  In the C locale, ä is not equivalent to a; in other locales, whether they are equivalent depends on the locale..  Without knowing your locale settings, I would have to guess that this is merely a setup problem and not a find bug.

Eric Blake <ericb>
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Fri 23 Nov 2007 04:24:53 AM UTC, original submission:  

I had 1100 files in a folder called /mp3files
One of this files had the character "ä" in the filename, as the singer was from somewhere in europe.
Find would give me the following:

find /mp3files/*.mp3 |wc -l           -> 1100 files
find /mp3files -iname *.mp3 |wc -l    -> 1099 files

So I found out that the -iname switch was not seeing the file with the "ä" character... After renaming "ä" to "a", "find -iname" would then give me 1100 files...

I was using GNU find version 4.1.20



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