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From "Paul Joseph Davis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-1176) CouchDB accepts data which it cannot replicate (invalid UTF-8 json during replication)
Date Tue, 24 May 2011 13:09:48 GMT


Paul Joseph Davis commented on COUCHDB-1176:

I should've noted that amusingly xmerl_ucs:from_utf8([239, 191, 190]) returns [65534] without
error. Hence the need to wrap the return in to_utf8 to check roundtrip passage.

> CouchDB accepts data which it cannot replicate (invalid UTF-8 json during replication)
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-1176
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.1, 1.0.2
>         Environment: CentOS 5.5 64bit
>            Reporter: Jaakko Sipari
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: COUCHDB-1176.patch, fffe_escaped.json, fffe_utf8.json
> CouchDB appears to treat some unicode characters as illegal when parsing escaped unicode
values (\uXXXX) during insert or update of a document.  These characters can however be inserted
to the database by using the UTF-8 encoding instead of escaping. An example value would be
an unicode value 0xFFFE which is escaped \uFFFE and as UTF-8 is represented by consecutive
bytes with values 0xEF 0xBF and 0xBE.
> Even though the documents are inserted using UTF-8 encoding without errors, couchdb always
serves them in the escaped form. This leads us to the actual problem we currently have. If
documents containing such unaccepted characters are inserted to couchdb by using UTF-8 encoding,
attempt to replicate the database will abort to first of those documents giving an error like
> {"error":"json_encode","reason":"{bad_term,{nocatch,{invalid_json,<<\"[{\\\"ok\\\":{\\\"_id\\\":\\\"192058c4f81afc66c5bf883548004331\\\",\\\"_rev\\\":\\\"1-ad1c9dcee520d12abdf948d91e31cf15\\\",\\\"abc\\\":\\\"\\\\ufffe\\\",\\\"_revisions\\\":{\\\"start\\\":1,\\\"ids\\\":[\\\"ad1c9dcee520d12abdf948d91e31cf15\\\"]}}}]\\n\">>}}}"}
> Here are steps to reproduce:
> curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/replicationtest_source
> curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/replicationtest_target
> # Should fail
> curl -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST -d @fffe_escaped.json http://localhost:5984/replicationtest_source
> # Should succeed
> curl -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST -d @fffe_utf8.json http://localhost:5984/replicationtest_source
> # Should fail to json_encode error related to the previously inserted document
> curl -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST -d "{\"source\":\"http://localhost:5984/replicationtest_source\",\"target\":\"replicationtest_target\"}"
> If anyone has a quick fix for this (how to accept "invalid" escaped unicode characters
at least during replication), we would be more than happy to test it.

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