Fedora 16 Update: perl-Test-Mojibake-0.3-2.fc16

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2011-08-12 20:34:03

Name        : perl-Test-Mojibake
Product     : Fedora 16
Version     : 0.3
Release     : 2.fc16
URL         : http://search.cpan.org/dist/Test-Mojibake/
Summary     : Check your source for encoding misbehavior
Description :
Many modern text editors automatically save files using UTF-8 codification.
However, the perl interpreter does not expect it by default. Whilst this does
not represent a big deal on (most) backend-oriented programs, Web framework
(Catalyst, Mojolicious) based applications will suffer so-called Mojibake
(literally: "unintelligible sequence of characters"). Even worse: if an editor
saves BOM (Byte Order Mark, U+FEFF character in Unicode) at the start of a
script with the executable bit set (on Unix systems), it won't execute at all,
due to shebang corruption.

Avoiding codification problems is quite simple:

 * Always use utf8/use common::sense when saving source as UTF-8
 * Always specify =encoding utf8 when saving POD as UTF-8
 * Do neither of above when saving as ISO-8859-1
 * Never save BOM (not that it's wrong; just avoid it as you'll barely
   notice its presence when in trouble)

However, if you find yourself upgrading old code to use UTF-8 or trying to
standardize a big project with many developers, each one using a different
platform/editor, reviewing all files manually can be quite painful, especially
in cases where some files have multiple encodings (note: it all started when I
realized that gedit and derivatives are unable to open files with character
conversion tables).

Enter the Test::Mojibake ;)

Update Information:

This is the first Fedora 16 release of perl-Test-Mojibake.

  [ 1 ] Bug #729972 - Review Request: perl-Test-Mojibake - Check your source for encoding misbehavior

This update can be installed with the "yum" update program.  Use 
su -c 'yum update perl-Test-Mojibake' at the command line.
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