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view file containing DOS text (box-drawing characters, CRLF line terminators) and escape sequences

I have stumbled upon a strange text file in an archive of an old dos game downloaded from some abandonware site. The text file is named WHY_NOT.TXT. I assume the file is some sort of .NFO file from ...
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Get consistent encoding for all files in directory

I have a directory containing lots of csv files from various vendors with two different encodings: ASCII Text / UTF-8 UCS2 / UTF-16 little endian I'd like to use grep, awk, sed and other utilities ...
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What charset encoding is used for filenames and paths on Linux?

Does it depend on what file system I use? For example, ext2/ext3/ext4 but also what happens when I insert one of those "joliet" CD-ROMs with ISO 9660? I've heard that POSIX contains some sort of spec ...
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Nothing helps Gnome Terminal to not default to ANSI_x3.4-1968

I would really like gnome-terminal to default to a UTF-8 encoding, but whatever I do, I can't get it to do it. I don't have sudo access, so I cannot edit /etc/environment. I'm on a university-managed ...
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Filtering invalid utf8

I have a text file in an unknown or mixed encoding. I want to see the lines that contain a byte sequence that is not valid UTF-8 (by piping the text file into some program). Equivalently, I want to ...
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Special characters in a web feed

I am running a script to check my gmail from the command line and display the first 35 characters in the title. curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | \ grep ...
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Usefulness of --from-code in command iconv

Is the --from-code option of the iconv command useful (http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man3/iconv.3.html)? I mean, I don't see any difference if I specify this parameter (--from-code 'iso-8859-1' or ...
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Gedit displays text, but cat tells a different story

I am trying to sort a dictionary from Grady Ward's Moby and have encountered a bit of a problem. When I open it in gedit, I get: abaca×N abaciscus×N abacist×N aback×v abacli×p Abaco×N abactinal×A ...
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LMDE2 / MATE locale charset inconsistency

I have a machine with Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 "Betsy" (installed as RC, with all available updates applied) and MATE desktop environment. My problem is that in some applications special characters ...
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How to format password using SCP

I'm currently writing a Script to upload files to my server via SCP. I have the following line: sshpass -p password!% scp -P 1234 ./test.text user@mydyndns:~/test.txt But everytime I try that I ...
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Understanding script and font relation (character-map)

When I use charactermap, I found that if I change font, only Latin script changes. Character by all other scripts sounds independent with change in font! So, I want to know what is relationship ...
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Searching text data in Hebrew, Arabic or Aramaic

How can I search for a (sub-)string in a database that has several languages, including Hebrew? I am assuming that the text being right-to-left is a question of the presentation, but the logical ...
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Can vim display ASCII characters only, and treat other bytes as binary data?

I already know vim -b, however, depending on the locale used, it displays multi-byte characters (like UTF-8) as single letters. How can I ask vim to only display ASCII printable characters, and ...
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Can not get the file names with convmv

I have just uploaded some files on a FreeBSD server. Some files have the ??? into their names. The files came from a windows machine, so I try this: $ convmv -f cp850 -t utf-8 * Starting a dry run ...
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Cyrillic file names broken after upgrading Slackware

After upgrading glibc and some other libraries on Slackware instead of cyrillic names I see the garbage: | Was before | Is now | |------------+------------------| | Вождение | ...
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weird output when typing letter c in shell (non english input)

I had keyboard set to Georgian language input. Forgot to switch it back to English and typed letter c in shell. c = ც english c key is mapped to georgian letter ც - if this makes any difference. ...
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find(1): how is the star wildcard implemented for it to fail on some filenames?

In a file system where filenames are in UTF-8, I have a file with a faulty name; it is displayed as: D�sinstaller, actual name according to zsh: D$'\351'sinstaller, Latin1 for Désinstaller, itself a ...
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Convert TeX accents to UTF-8 in Python

edit below First of all, I am quite sure this is a duplicated question. But I have no idea how to search for it. I spent quite a long time already. I am reading with python from a .txt file the path ...
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make `tar` archive from NTFS with non-ascii file names

Loaded a live disk into a Windows based machine with NTFS files. Being a Linux user for some years, using tar came to my mind instantly and made some backup archives from partitions and stored them ...
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Convert a .docx to a .pdf with pandoc

I am trying to convert a .docx received by mail to a correct pdf by using pandoc (I am using GNU/Linux). I have an error concerning characters encoding : $ pandoc file.docx -o file.pdf pandoc: ...
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Error not found [closed]

I wrote this script to encode / encrypt data from a sql query by changing the names of tables and fields (I played on the ASCII character codes). #! /bin/bash chr() { [ "$1" -lt 256 ] || return 1 ...
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How to recognize which ASCII character in hex is this?

We have a textfile that we want to clear from "bad" characters. If we open it with vim (with ":set number"): 57000044 zo¥<9a>¥ge¥o¥graph¥i¥cal¥ly 39999999 pariá¹<83>Å<9b>a The ...
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cp: cannot stat error - when filename has Asian characters

I am simply trying to copy files using cp -r /home/user/source/ /home/user/destination/ but it throws me the cp: cannot stat /source/filename.xxx error for some of the files. When I searched for this ...
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iconv cannot convert given characters

I just wanted to convert a txt file to UTF-8, since cat displays it correctly, but vi or gedit doesn't: $ cat test.txt ># >‹ | || ° ├── └── _ __ $ iconv -f WINDOWS-1253 -t UTF-8 test.txt ...
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tr complains of “Illegal byte sequence”

I'm brand new to UNIX and I am using Kirk McElhearn's "The Mac OS X Command Line" to teach myself some commands. I am attempting to use tr and grep so that I can search for text strings in a regular ...
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Question marks instead of national letters in console

I have Netgear Stora MS2000 (which uses a modified version of Red Hat) and have strange font issues while connecting by SSH. Note that this occurs both when connecting by PuTTY from Windows and by ...
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How to only leave in given characters in a file?

Purpose: tr -cd '\12\40-\176' but with accents, ex.: á, í, ű, ő, ö, ü, ű, ú, ó, é. In octal: "á" is 341 "\n" is 12 So I tried: [user@notebook ~]$ printf 'XXXá\nXXX' | tr -cd '\12\341' | ...
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How do I edit text in Cyrillic / Russian on OpenBSD?

I'm trying to make it possible to easily edit text in Cyrillic / Russian on a remote OpenBSD 5.2 amd64. I'm using emacs-21.4p18-no_x11, which doesn't show any Cyrillic characters whatsoever when I ...
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Any way to interpret pstree?

-bash-3.2$ pstree 29838 RBcron.shâââjavaâââ15*[{java}] -bash-3.2$ pstree 24423 bashââ¬âRBcron.shâââjavaâââ15*[{java}] ââvim -bash-3.2$ Any way to interpret this? Why would this happen?
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Characters visible in vi, but not in cat.

I have a 300 lines file with ^@ character between each characters in the file. (I cannot post the entire contents for security reasons, so I am pasting only the first line) [mercury@app01 ftp_logs]$ ...
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Command to retrieve the list of characters in a given character class in the current locale

What could be way to retrieve a list of all the characters in a given character class (like blank, alpha, digit...) in the current locale. For instance, LC_ALL=en_GB.UTF-8 that-command blank ...
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script to parse integer and convert it to char code

I am noob on Unix. I've a very unique problem where and really appreciate your help. I need to parse string containing hash code value and convert the hash code is equivalent char representation. Here ...
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Find out which encoding method less uses to display the content of a text file?

There is a plain text file, which Emacs can't display correctly, but less can. I wonder if less automatically detects the encoding method for each individual text file, or just use a single default ...
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How do I view cp1251 text file in UTF-8 console?

Attempt 1: $ less subs.srt "subs.srt" may be a binary file. See it anyway? <C8><F2><E0><EB><FC><FF><ED> ... Attempt 2: $ LANG=ru_RU.CP1251 less subs.srt ...
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How do I configure medit to display UTF-8?

My environment is set to use UTF-8. I produce a file in UTF-8 encoding. It works correctly on the terminal. For example: $ echo ééé > test $ cat test $ echo é | od -t x1 0000000 c3 a9 0a ...
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iconv terminated by signal 7

I was running a little bash script on some text files: find . -name "*.dat" -exec iconv --from-code='UTF-8' --to-code='ASCII//TRANSLIT' {} --output={} \; My machine is a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. After a ...
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iconv cannot replace Ø

It appears that iconv cannot, for example, replace the letter Ø. It was also noted in the second answer to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3371697/replacing-accented-characters-php I have two ...
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Why can't I grep this command line option?

The output of man icc contains -Ldir Tells the linker to search for libraries... Doing man icc | grep "\-L" gives back the "-Ldir" line while man icc | grep "\-Ldir" does not. What am ...
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Change Text File Encoding without knowning the source encoding

I want to change the charset encoding for a file in unix with a single command but since this will be an automated process it's impossible for me to know the source encoding. So I want a command that ...
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How to export string about France to Microsoft excel file?

One string file Str.rc about French language is here: ID_STR_BRIGHTNESS;,"Luminosité" ID_STR_CHILE_EASTER_ISLAND;,"Île de Pâques" ID_STR_CURRENT_CH;,"Saisie chaîne" ID_STR_DETAILS;,"Détails" ...... ...
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Some apps doesn't accept some characters from the «Compose» key

The problem is that the compose key works fine, but some application doesn't accept some characters from it. E.g. I can paste the character ∞ in Emacs (Compose+8+8), but this won't work in FireFox, ...
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File weird character encoding [closed]

I'm on ubuntu 13.10 and am writing a program in eclipse that's supposed to output my result in a file. I'm building an LZW compression and decompression program that uses character conversion to its ...
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Why doesn't this sed substitution for a non-ASCII byte work?

I tried this substitution with GNU sed on OS X (4.2.2 installed through Homebrew). But it doesn't work. printf "Hello\x92 World" | gsed -r "s/[\x92]/'/g" The expected output is: Hello' World The ...
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Change encoding of a text file in-place: iconv alternative? [duplicate]

Apparently, iconv is unable to use the same file as input and output file. Other tools, e.g. sed, have an -i switch that allows "updating" a file in-place. (Under the hood, temporary files are ...
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Can not use `cut -c` (`--characters`) with UTF-8?

The command cut has an option -c to work on characters, instead of bytes with the option -b. But that does not seem to work, in en_US.UTF-8 locale: The second byte gives the second ASCII character ...
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How to remove Russian and Arabic strings from a text file

Problem: I have text file with approximately 1M lines, each line consists of multiple words Some lines contain Russian or Arabic words (lets call them "bad lines"), I want to remove only these bad ...
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Can CentOS be set to pure EBCDIC?

I need to directly manipulate files from a mainframe. Text would be encoded in EBCDIC. Data can contain binary and packed decimal fields. I know I can deal with the data. I am trying to avoid the ...
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How to get rid of special characters in the output of make [closed]

When I run gcc, it outputs errors but the function names are surrounded by special characters like this ‘setup_connection’: This same is repeated with variable names. I am wondering if the ...
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Bash/Korn shell script edited on Windows throws error '…^M: not found'

Some background on the issue: I am new to scripting and wrote a simple Bash script in Windows using Notepad++. cxStopAllServicesOnSERVER.sh #!/usr/bin/bash cd "/some/path" echo "Hi. Logs can be ...
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Emacs shows octal escapes for some characters in a UTF-8 file

I copied some math formulas into some files under gedit, using the default settings of gedit from websites, such as math.stackexchange.com, wikipedia, ... When I open the files now under emacs, the ...