[Blink] Russian locale issues + broken VP8 encoding

Dan Pascu dan at ag-projects.com
Fri Oct 30 13:30:43 CET 2015

I've found the problem. It'll be fixed in the next release.
In the meanwhile if you want to use it you can start it with a C locale from a terminal like:

LC_ALL=C blink

On 24 Oct 2015, at 22:11, Charles Rocha wrote:

> Dear Blink Staff,
> We are trying to use Blink in our office. We are running either Debian Jessie or Xubuntu 14.04 on all systems. The Debian systems are set up with the US locale. The Xubuntu systems are set up with the Russian locale. It is on these Xubuntu systems that Blink does not work properly. In our testing, it appears that the problem seems related to having a locale that uses non-latin characters.
> Symptoms: Blink can receive chats and calls but cannot call out or send chat messages. The chat window setup screen is a blank gray box. Most of the system settings are unchecked by default and can be selected, but they revert to the unchecked state when Blink is exited and restarted. When starting Blink from the command line, the following text appears in the terminal:
> xubuntu at xubuntu:~$ blink
> error: Exception occured while calling function handle_notification in the GUI thread
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/__init__.py", line 278, in _EH_CallFunctionEvent
>    event.function(*event.args, **event.kw)
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/preferences.py", line 1662, in handle_notification
>    handler(notification)
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/preferences.py", line 1666, in _NH_SIPApplicationDidStart
>    self.load_settings()
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/preferences.py", line 701, in load_settings
>    self.update_chat_preview()
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/preferences.py", line 886, in update_chat_preview
>    add_message(message)
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/preferences.py", line 870, in add_message
>    chat_element.appendInside(message.to_html(style, user_icons=user_icons))
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink/chatwindow.py", line 301, in to_html
>    return style.html.message.format(message=self, **kw)
> UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xd0 in position 3: ordinal not in range(128)


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