This is to propose a patch to correctly handle filenames to/from rg2
with ruby 1.9, in GtkFileChooser.
It is stated in GtkFileChooser documentation that “filenames are
always returned in the character set specified by the
G_FILENAME_ENCODING environment variable”. Also, “while you can pass
the result of gtk_file_chooser_get_filename() to open(2) or fopen(3),
you may not be able to directly set it as the text of a GtkLabel
widget unless you convert it first to UTF-8, which all GTK+ widgets
expect. You should use g_filename_to_utf8() to convert filenames into
strings that can be passed to GTK+ widgets.”
Also, I wasn’t sure what is the behaviour of File methods in Ruby 1.9.
My experimentation shows that the bytes from the encoding of the
String passed are used, e.g. without converting. For example in a
UTF-8 system, File.new(“mÃ©mÃ©”) isn’t the same as
File.new(“mÃ©mÃ©”.encode(“ISO-8859-1”)) (the last one gives ENOENT).
So, I think Strings representing files got from GTK+ in rg2 should:
1- have an associated encoding, so that they can be displayed in GTK+
without the programmer needing to do conversions (because my new
RVAL2CSTR will send UTF-8 char* to GtkLabel etc)
2- use the encoding expected by the operating system so that File.new
First step is to use g_filename_to_utf8(), so that we are 100%
confident we can create a correct String (by using these bytes in Ruby
Second step is to change the encoding of the String for realizing the
(2) item above. After looking at Glib documentation, I think that
using the first item from g_get_filename_charsets() should be fine.
I have made a patch for doing this. I have tested in a UTF-8 system
with a file with an accent, with default settings and also by forcing
filename encoding to ISO-8859-1 (by launching the program with
LC_ALL=en_US in parameter), all works great! Here’s my little test
fc = Gtk::FileChooserDialog.new(“Foo”,
if fc.run == Gtk::Dialog::RESPONSE_ACCEPT
The patch is pretty much complete for rbgtkfilechooser.c, however it
might be necessary
to deploy a similar approach for other places in rg2 dealing with
What do you think?