FileSystemStorage.listdir returns names with unicode normalization form that is different from names in database
|Reported by:||philomat||Owned by:||nobody|
|Severity:||Normal||Keywords:||storage unicode normalization|
|Has patch:||no||Needs documentation:||no|
|Needs tests:||no||Patch needs improvement:||no|
When you want to write a function that finds files on disk that are not stored in the database anymore, and use FileSystemStorage.listdir to compare what's returned with what's in the database: You will not be able to compare strings without normalizing them first since unicode characters can be encoded using different normalization forms.
This problem is best demonstrated with some example code:
# Assuming that my storage root contains one folder named u'ä'
from django.core.files.storage import FileSystemStorage
# listdir returns u'a' followed by 'COMBINING DIAERESIS' (U+0308)
# in the database, this character is stored using a different normalization form:
# the values should be normalized: