> > At Konstantin's suggestion, I committed the function I found for checking if a string was UTF-8 compatible to
> > odb.c. The function is currently not used; I commented out a proposed use in db_create_key. Experts can decide
> > if the code was good enough to use.
> After more discussion, I have enabled the parts of the ODB code that check that key names are UTF-8 compliant.
> This check will show up in (at least) two ways:
> 1) Attempts to create a new ODB variable if the ODB key is not UTF-8 compliant. You will see error messages like
> [fesimdaq,ERROR] [odb.c:572:db_validate_name,ERROR] Invalid name "Eur€" passed to db_create_key: UTF-8 incompatible
> 2) When a program first connects to the ODB, it runs a check to ensure that the ODB is valid. This will now include
> a check that all key names are UTF-8 compliant. Any non-UTF8 compliant key names will be replaced by a string of the
> pointer to the key. You will see error messages like:
> [fesimdaq,ERROR] [odb.c:572:db_validate_name,ERROR] Invalid name "Eur€" passed to db_validate_key: UTF-8
> incompatible string
> [fesimdaq,ERROR] [odb.c:647:db_validate_key,ERROR] Warning: corrected key "/Equipment/SIMDAQ/Eur€": invalid name
> "Eur€" replaced with "0x7f74be63f970"
> This behaviour (checking UTF-8 compatibility and automatically fixing ODB names) can be disabled by setting an
> environment variable
> It doesn't matter what the environment variable is set to; it just needs to be set. Note also that this variable is
> only checked once, when a program starts.
I see you put some switches into the environment ("MIDAS_INVALID_STRING_IS_OK"). Do you think this is a good idea? Most variables are
sitting in the ODB (/experiment/xxx), except those which cannot be in the ODB because we need it before we open the ODB, like MIDAS_DIR.
Having them in the ODB has the advantage that everything is in one place, and we see a "list" of things we can change. From an empty
environment it is not clear that such a thing like "MIDAS_INVALID_STRING_IS_OK" does exist, while if it would be an ODB key it would be
obvious. Can I convince you to move this flag into the ODB?