[Python-modules-team] Bug#791587: python-docutils: manpage contains misleading locale default

Chris Lamb lamby at debian.org
Mon Jul 6 13:43:42 UTC 2015

Source: python-docutils
Version: 0.12+dfsg-1
Severity: minor
User: reproducible-builds at lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: locale
X-Debbugs-Cc: reproducible-builds at lists.alioth.debian.org


While working on the "reproducible builds" effort [1], we have noticed
that the python-docutils writes the build-time locale into manpages:

      --error-encoding=<name[:handler]>, -e <name[:handler]>
              Specify text encoding and error handler for error output. 
              Default: ascii:backslashreplace.

This is misleading and/or incorrect as the default ("ascii:") is
actually determined at run time (in frontend.py) based on the value of
sys.stderr.encoding, not at build time. I think this is the correct
behaviour, so I suggest that the default is removed from the manpage.

(This, incidentally, is causing the build to be unreproduble across
locales, hence the usertag.)

 [1]: https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds


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