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Converting a UTF-8 file to ASCII (best-effort)

I have a file in UTF-8 that contains texts in multiple languages. A lot of it are people's names. I need to convert it to ASCII and I need the result to look as decent as possible. There are many ...
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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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jumbled character set

In my Linux env, for some unknown! reason when I process a raw unformatted file which I copied from Win7prof (was encoded in utf-16), the resulting file is all jumbled. It will print OK in Linux ...
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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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A quick and dirty way of finding invalid characters in a text file by gedit

In vonbrand's comment to How do I scan for invalid characters on gedit? A quick and dirty way would be to edit the file (probably adding and deleting something will be enough to make gedit ...
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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 ...
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Mixture of encodings

For a text which is a mixture of different encodings, is there no way to find all encodings? And convert them to a single encoding such as utf8? I copied from different sources possibly with ...
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How does rsync encode filenames?

By using strace on the active rsync process, I can see output like: read(4, "9\0\0\7\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1\10\0\1"..., 16384) = 61 write(3, ...
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What does “position” mean in iconv error message?

I get error when converting a large file: $ iconv -f GB2312 -t UTF-8 2001.txt -o 2001_u.txt iconv: illegal input sequence at position 245256667 What does the position mean in this error? I tried it ...
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How to convert html entities to readable text?

I want html number entities like ę and want to convert it to real character. I have emails mostly from linkedin that look like this: chciałabym zapytać, czy ...
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support for utf-8 encoding with lpr

While trying to send a text file to the printer via lpr from xterm, the content was corrupted beyond recognition, the cause of which was ultimately traced to the encoding of the file. If I instead ...
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Converting documents to text with UTF-8 encoding

unoconv uses LibreOffice to convert any file that LibreOffice can convert. Now I need export to text with the UTF-8 character encoding. I use the following command: unoconv -f txt -e ...
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Change default Encoding in Terminator

The Title stays pretty much for itself. Tried to figure it out myself but I can´t find a config-setting nor a option in the Preferences for the Encoding. Does anybody know how to change the default ...
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How do I rename files with strange characters

I have file with greek or cyrillic characters. It is not owned by me, but by the web server user (www). I cannot use the shell as the web server user (www) or as root, but I've used a script ...
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How to display Chinese characters correctly on remote Red-Hat machine?

I am using Ubuntu14.04 to connect to a remote host. Which its version is: Linux version 2.6.32-431.11.5.el6.yyyzzz.x86_64 (gcc version 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-4) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Thu Jul 3 ...
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replace control characters in Emacs?

This is a small text: What\222s with All the Parentheses? In Emacs \222 above is shown as a control character (in red). It is supposed to be ', but I don't understand why it is \222 instead, ...
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Debian thinks my file system is encoded as ISO-8859-1

This may not be the appropriate site for this question, because it's more a complaint than a question, but here goes. Today I updated my computer from Mint 15 to Debian 7.6. And after I'd done that, ...
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iconv illegal input sequence- why?

While trying to convert a text file into its ASCII equivalent, I get error message that iconv: illegal input sequence at position. Command I use is iconv -f UTF-8 -t ascii//TRANSLIT file The ...
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Process a file that starts with a BOM (FF FE)

I received a .csv file with the FF FE BOM: $ head -n1 dotan.csv | hd 00000000 ff fe 41 00 64 00 20 00 67 00 72 00 6f 00 75 00 |..A.d. .g.r.o.u.| When using awk to parse it I'm getting a bunch of ...
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Non-standard logins

As part of a sort of esoteric "hack" I'm putting together, I've modified my /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files to result in a user called ニエット ("Niet") with a shell pointing to a custom script I have ...
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What is the ^M character called?

TexPad is creating it. I know that it is under some deadkey. I just cannot remember it is name. The blue character: I just want to mass remove them from my document. How can you type it?
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How to fix the accents in xterm top bar?

I don't have any problem with accent (I'm French) inside xterm. However, like you can see on this screenshot, the top bar of xterm does have some accents issues: However my Debian unstable system ...
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sed, grep, or tr command that returns only Latin characters from a UTF-8 file

I am working with the text of the 300 tang poems, which unfortunately is a single file containing both Chinese and English. Since I am interested in 'extracting' the English, I hope to use sed, ...
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How to print all printable ASCII chars in CLI?

How can I list all the printable ASCII characters in the terminal?
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cp: what quotation marks are used in error messages?

I'm currently fiddling around with a dying harddisk, and while trying to cp data from it, I get errors like cp: error reading ‘brokenFile’: Input/output error # comparison: backtick: `, apostrophe ' ...
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UTF-8 works in gnome-terminal only after selecting already selected encoding

Running Centos 6.3. In gnome-terminal UTF-8 works, but only after I've chosen (the already chosen) UTF-8 encoding in gnome-terminal settings. How do I force gnome-terminal to respect its own encoding ...
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How to change encoding from Non-ISO extended-ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators to UTF-8?

I have a txt file : $ file -i x.txt x.txt: text/plain; charset=unknown-8bit $ file x.txt x.txt: Non-ISO extended-ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators And there are some characters that are ...
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Incorrect output from cp, rm, and so on

When I run, say, cp, I get output like the following: # cp -v Foo Bar âFooâ -> âBarâ What's up with the weird â characters? Why is the shell doing this? It looks like some kind of strange ...
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Character encoding of .netrc

Does anyone know which character encoding is used in .netrc? As a German user, I sometimes put umlauts in passwords. So my question is, are these treated as latin1 or may I assume that I am doing ...
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echo bytes to a file

I'm trying to connect my rasberry Pi to some display using the i2c bus. To get started I wanted to manually write stuff, bytes in particular to a file. How do you write specific bytes to a file? I ...
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Character encoding issue with my linux install?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04.4 64 bits, all seemed to be ok, when I started to work on console I noticed: that I couldn't get some accented characters typed in to the console, for example, if I ...
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Why does SLES 11 corrupts given characters?

If I open a notepad and copy this from it: aña, to a file opened with vi on the machine, I get this: aña My question: Why? What could the problem be? Logfiles on the server has the same ...
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Why doesn't `restore` display my UTF-8 encoded filenames correctly in interactive mode?

When using the interactive mode of the restore utility to restore backups made with dump UTF-8-encoded filenames doesn't display correctly, see example below. The ??s should be ös ... $ sudo restore ...
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MP3 tags Cyrillic chars

I have some mp3 files with Cyrillic chars on file names and also on their tags. I'm using audacious to play them. See the file info below: Is it possible to change some encoding to show the ...
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Which terminal encodings are default on Linux, and which are most common?

I need to make a decision regarding whether a complicated commercial program that I work on should assume a particular terminal encoding for Linux, or instead read it from the terminal (and if so, ...
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identify files with non-ASCII or non-printable characters in file name

In a directory size 80GB with approx 700,000 files, there are some file names with non-English characters in the file name. Other than trawling through the file list laboriously is there: An easy ...
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login with xdm and umlaut in password

I want use xdm to login to my machine and start my session. My password contains an umlaut. I'd rather not change the password as it is quite long and complex and I just memorized it. Login works ...
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Why do some characters show as squares in Chrome?

For example in the dev tools I get something like: Some of these squares are at the end of lines, initially I thought they were carriage returns but it turns out they aren't. Also, squares appear ...
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How to replace all percent-encoded UTF-8 substrings with plain UTF-8 text?

I've got a html file with a lot of %-encoded UTF-8 text in URLs. For example "%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%83%D1%80%D1%81%D1%8B" stands for "ресурсы" ("resources" in Russian). The task is to replace all ...
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Duplicity and GPG: charset conversion

I'm using duplicity on OS X Mavericks. If I run my duplicity command, I get the following error: ===== Begin GnuPG log ===== gpg: conversion from `US-ASCII' to `utf-8' failed: Illegal byte sequence ...
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view file containing ISO-8859 text, 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 ...