Author serhiy.storchaka
Recipients ezio.melotti, mrabarnett, pitrou, serhiy.storchaka
Date 2014-09-14.15:43:15
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Current implementation of re.LOCALE support for Unicode strings is nonsensical. It correctly works only on Latin1 locales (because Unicode string interpreted as Latin1 decoded bytes string. all characters outside UCS1 range considered as non-words), on other locales it got strange and useless results.

>>> import re, locale
>>> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_CTYPE, 'ru_RU.cp1251')
>>> re.match(br'\w', 'µ'.encode('cp1251'), re.L)
<_sre.SRE_Match object; span=(0, 1), match=b'\xb5'>
>>> re.match(r'\w', 'µ', re.L)
<_sre.SRE_Match object; span=(0, 1), match='µ'>
>>> re.match(br'\w', 'ё'.encode('cp1251'), re.L)
<_sre.SRE_Match object; span=(0, 1), match=b'\xb8'>
>>> re.match(r'\w', 'ё', re.L)

Proposed patch fixes re.LOCALE support for Unicode strings. It uses the wide-character equivalents of C characters functions (towlower(), iswalpha(), etc).

The problem is that these functions are not exists in C89, they are introduced only in C99. Gcc understand them, we should check other compilers. However these functions are already used on FreeBSD and MacOS.
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