Encoding for system calls on Windows

I am trying to understand how encoding interacts with system calls,
particularly on Windows.
I suspect there may be a bug in ruby on how it invokes system calls with
non-ASCII characters in the command.

I have a demonstration program below (also attached, in case the
encoding gets corrupted in the mailing list). It fails on Windows 7 and
Windows XP, even when I “chcp 65001”. I have my Command Prompt
configured to use Lucinda Console font (as default Raster fonts have
even more problems with non-ASCII characters).

encoding: utf-8

def test(word)
returned = echo #{word}.chomp
puts “#{word} == #{returned}”
raise “Cannot roundtrip #{word}” unless word == returned

test “good”

test “bÃd”

puts “Success”

win7, cmd.exe font set to Lucinda Console, chcp 65001

good == good

bÃd == bÃd

I suspect that something in here
needs to make sure the string being passed to the cmd.exe process is
encoded properly, but I’m in over my head.
I also suspect that this response hold a clue about the change that may
need to be made:

I’d like to know if

  1. Is this a bug in ruby on Windows


  1. How can I change the program above so that it completes successfully
    on Windows?

Have you tried something like chcp 65001; echo #{word}?

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