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Support for Unicode in GTK2 and GTK3 file selection box?

I'm on Tiny Core Linux Pure64 10.1. My locale is en_US.UTF-8 and I generally have no trouble with Unicode characters with one exception: When I try to use Unicode characters in GTK applications' file selection box, I get "Invalid file name":


The error affects both GTK2 and GTK3 applications.

Here is some info from terminal to show my locale and the fact that, at a low level, C library can handle Unicode characters in filenames:

bruno@box:~$ locale

bruno@box:~$ cat test.c
#include <stdio.h>

int main(void)
	FILE *fp;

	fp = fopen("/home/bruno/eĥoŝanĝoĉiuĵaŭde.txt", "w+");
	fprintf(fp, "hello world");
	return 1;
bruno@box:~$ gcc test.c
bruno@box:~$ ./a.out 
bruno@box:~$ cat eĥoŝanĝoĉiuĵaŭde.txt 
hello world

I've already asked for help at the Tiny Core Linux forum, but no luck so far.

GTK2 and GTK3 applications can display Unicode characters just fine. I can also type the characters into the applications. As far as I can tell, the issue seems limited to the file selection box.

Does anyone know the backend for GTK2 and GTK3's file selection box? If I can pinpoint the backend, perhaps I could try to recompile it with attention to configuration options related to Unicode support.
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Sorry, for my question, but do not understand "why".

Why do you need to save filenames with these Unicode characters.

What value does having these Unicode characters in the filenames add to your project?
# 3  
Many reasons. The main one is that I often print webpages to PDF from my browser (chromium). When I try to print a webpage to PDF, if there are any non-ASCII characters in the webpage's name then I get hit with three error dialogs that need to be closed in just the right order before I'm allowed to change the name. It's a royal pain.

More websites have non-ASCII characters in their title than you'd think. Even something as innocent-looking as, for example, has a non-ASCII character in the title (a dash in this case) that triggers this problem.

Last edited by DevuanFan; 12-12-2019 at 12:49 AM..
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I see. Thanks.

FYI (mostly off topic), I think the hyphen-minus is considered both an ASCII char as well as Unicode.



The hyphen-minus (-) is a character used in digital documents and computing to represent a hyphen () or a minus sign (').

It is present in Unicode as code point U+002D - HYPHEN-MINUS; it is also in ASCII with the same value.
Where is the hyphen in ?

My understanding is that hyphens used in domain names are generally coded in ASCII, FYI.


The characters allowed in a domain name include letters (abc), numbers (123), and dashes/hyphens (---). No spaces are allowed and the domain name can't begin or end with dash/hyphen.
In the case above (in a permitted domain name char), the hyphen is considered ASCII.

Anyway, this is not germane to your question, which is related to GTK applications.


My best guess is that your GTK application has an input filter which checks for non-ASCII chars and pops up an error message when non-ASCII is detected.

The way around this, off the top of my head, is of course to look at the source code, verify the code which is detecting the non-ASCII char (and giving the error pop up) and then comment that code out and recompile and test it.

Here is a link to the source:


Hope this helps a little bit.
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Sorry, neo. It's not a hyphen/minus in, it seems to be a dash. Definitely not ASCII. After I dig myself out of the error dialogs, replacing the dash with a minus makes the filename acceptable.

I'll keep digging and will try your suggestions. Will report back.
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But on the (off) topic of the domain name.... where is the unicode char in that domain you are referencing?

Maybe I am as dumb as a rock (it has been rumored to be so, LOL), because I don't see any unicode in the domain name ""....

Please enlighten me on where there is unicode in the that domain.

Thanks again.
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Not in the url. In the page title. The dash here: "DuckDuckGo - Privacy, simplified."

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