[Rd] issue with print()ing multibyte characters on R 4.0.4

Prof Brian Ripley r|p|ey @end|ng |rom @t@t@@ox@@c@uk
Wed Feb 17 11:20:03 CET 2021

On 17/02/2021 04:58, Hiroaki Yutani wrote:
> Hi all,
> I saw several people on Japanese locale claim that, on R 4.0.4,
> print() doesn't display
> Japanese characters correctly. This seems to happen only on Windows
> and on macOS (I
> usually use Linux and I don't see this problem).
> For example, in the result below, "鬼" and "外" are displayed in
> "\uXXXX" format. What's
> curious here is that "は" is displayed as it is, by the way.
>> "鬼は外"
> [1] "\u9b3cは\u5916"
> But, if I use such functions as message() or cat(), the string is
> displayed as it is.
>> message("鬼は外")
> 鬼は外

that does not escape non-printable characters, so as expected.
> Considering the fact that it seems only Windows and macOS are
> affected, I suspect this
> is somehow related to this change described in the release note,
> (though I have no idea
> what change this is):
>      The internal table for iswprint (used on Windows, macOS and AIX) has been
>      updated to include many recent Unicode characters.
>      (https://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-release/NEWS.html)
> Before I'm going to file this issue on Bugzilla, I'd like to confirm
> if this is not the intended
> change, and, if this is actually intended, I want to discuss how to
> improve this behaviour.

I am sorry: this was not intended but it was no one reported in the run 
up to 4.0.4.  It seems to be working in R-devel so I suggest you check 
that or go back to 4.0.3.

It looks like a line in the iswprint table got deleted in the merge from 
R-devel.  I will try to set up some automated checks to see if I can 
find any other problems, but that will take a few days.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley using stats.ox.ac.uk
Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, University of Oxford

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