[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#547079: Bug#547079: login: Should set the iutf8 tty c_iflag if the locale is utf8

Mike Frysinger vapier at gentoo.org
Fri Sep 18 00:35:16 UTC 2009

On Thursday 17 September 2009 19:59:14 Samuel Thibault wrote:
> Mike Frysinger, le Thu 17 Sep 2009 19:30:02 -0400, a écrit :
> > > > login/pam are there to do authentication only, not screw with the
> > > > terminal.
> > >
> > > Login already does screw with the terminal in setup_tty(),
> >
> > presumably enough to prevent echoing of the password, but that's about it
> > (for obvious security reasons).
> Have you looked at the code before saying that?
> 		/*
> 		 * Add your favorite terminal modes here ...
> 		 */
> 		termio.c_lflag |= ISIG | ICANON | ECHO | ECHOE;
> 		termio.c_iflag |= ICRNL;
> etc...

looks like a lot of stuff login shouldnt be doing, but historically has been 
so no one complained because "it worked".  extending poor behavior because 
it's already there isnt really a good line of reasoning.

> > i dont have a fedora box myself, but from talking to a friend, things
> > "just work" in the default setup. or at least it defaults everything
> > to unicode.
> Did he check whether stty -a properly shows iutf8?  Things work very
> fine even without it, one of the very few effects of iutf8 left cleared
> is the bug I mentioned in my report: canonical mode's treatment of
> backspace.  People rarely notice it.

i didnt ask him "hey does your keyboard work", i asked him what his settings 
were after he logged in.  so of course i validated the stty output.

i'm not suggesting everything is great and nothing needs to be changed.  i'm 
saying that login/pam is not really part of the solution.
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