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I have a log file, and when I open it via vim, it looks not readable, and it has [converted] at the bottom. What does [converted] mean?

Is there a way to fix the format issue so that it is human readable?

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There is no guarantee that a log file is humanly readable. At least some of the files in /var/log/ are not. Which program did make the log file? What is its file name? –  Anthon Apr 24 at 4:16
@Anthon The original log looks good, but after the log rotation by daemontools, it is no longer human readable. –  Mingyu Apr 24 at 13:06
Did it get compressed by the rotation. Did you run the file command on the file? –  Anthon Apr 24 at 13:38
@Anthon The file type is data. What does that mean? –  Mingyu Apr 24 at 13:58
Essentially that the file command does not recognize the type with further accuracy, or that entries are missing in the magic rules. –  Anthon Apr 24 at 14:04

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It means that vim detected that the file did not match the charset given by your locale and made a conversion. If you run the command :set from within vim:

--- Options ---
  autoindent          fileformat=dos      scroll=7            textwidth=70
  background=dark     filetype=asciidoc   shiftwidth=2        ttyfast
  cscopetag           helplang=en         softtabstop=2       ttymouse=sgr
  cscopeverbose       hlsearch            syntax=asciidoc
noendofline           list                tabpagemax=3
  expandtab           ruler               textmode

Notice the last 2 options, fileencoding & fileencodings.

The first is the encoding used for the current file, the second is a comma separated list of recognized encodings.

So when you see that message vim is telling you that it's completed converting the file from fileencoding to encoding.

Check out :help fileencoding or :help encoding for additional details.


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In vim command mode, type:

:help read-messages

You can see:

[converted]      conversion from 'fileencoding' to
                 'encoding' done

In general, it means that vim detected the file did not match the charset given by your locale and made a conversion.

To see more details, try :help fileencoding, :help fileencodings.

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It means that the file-on-disk does not use the same charset as Vim's memory area, and that the conversion from one to the other was successful. Press escape key and type this command.

:set fileformat=unix

Save the file and try reading again.

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