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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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Greek characters in mutt's sidebar (mailboxes names sourced via offlineimap)

Mutt's sidebar, does not read properly Greek characters (mailboxes named by using Greek characters). Anyhow, there is no such problem inside both the index and the pager, where Greek ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Set Gnome terminal's default charset to utf8

Currently, I opened my gnome terminal and the default charset is gb2312. How can set the default charset to utf8 in Gnome terminal? I checked the preference setting but seemed not to find it. ...
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Can't obtain the connected forms of some unicode grapheme clusters with combining diacritical marks

In Arabic and some other languages a character has two or three forms which will find its appropriate one automatically when you type a word (according to its previous and next characters). How can ...
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Mail character set for norwegian characters

When extracting a message from my inbox containing the norwegian letter "ø" I find that it is encoded with 3 bytes as "=F8" or hexadecimal "0x3d4638". In UTF-8 the letter "ø" is encoded with two bytes ...
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How to fix diacritics in PDF forms in Evince?

I happen to live in Czech Republic and we have such letters like ě, š, č, ť, etc in the alphabet and use them everywhere, including addresses. Today I was filling a PDF form in Evince and noticed that ...
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How can I force sed to continue parsing when it hits an “invalid” character?

I have a big playlist in .pls format (created with deadbeef playing software) which also contains some badly-encoded strings. Whether this is a bug in deadbeef or one of its plugins does not really ...
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How to add EBCDIC support on debian/ubuntu

I have to add EBCSIC text support to deal with IBM OS text messages. I have succesfuly added EBCDIC support to a CentOS box by adding lang and encoding to /etc/i18n/sysconfig. I searched in the docs ...
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Deleting all files that begins with parenthesis

I have many files in a directory that begins with parenthesis. They are generated by Dropbox due to conflict. Any combination of escaping does not seem to help: rm -rf "(*" rm -rf "\(*" rm -rf \(* ...
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terminal: displaying special characters

In some programs, such as htop the lines and frames are not displayed correctly. Instead, they are displayed as - and /. But on another machine, they are displayed correctly as proper lines: I ...
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Lowercase all but the first (Uppercase) letter from UPPERCASE in cyrillic

To make all letters a lower case except the first letter. The first letter would look like "Uppercase" after I changed (from UPPERCASE in cyrillic). The rest (not UPPERCASED) leave unchanged. I'm ...
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Matlab gets “crazy” after type special characters

I'm using a computer running Ubuntu and I'm connected through ssh to a RedHat machine where I use Matlab in command line mode (matlab -nodesktop). Matlab version is 7.10.0.499 (R2010a). My problem ...
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how to guess and rename file from deleted rar has invalid encoding

i have many files and folders that extracted from many rar from jdownloader, and deleted after extract, some of it names are: �������[�ς݂��ς݂� - �Ȃ񂾂��ꂭ������ (invalid encoding) �R�e���} (invalid ...
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What are the implications of setting LC_ALL on Solaris

To support an application we just installed, I've been asked to add this command to the /etc/profile file on our Solaris 10 UNIX server: LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8; export LC_ALL The effect of this changes ...
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How to specify attachment encoding in mutt command line?

I'm trying to send an email with attachment from a perl script. First, I create the attachment (an xml file): open(XMLFILE, ">:utf8", $xmlfile); print XMLFILE "<?xml version=\"1.0\" ...
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Encoding of a zip file

When I extract some file (mp3) with japanese or korean characters within its filename on Windows, they appear normally, but when I extract it on Linux (Ubuntu/Mint) they appear as something like this ...
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How to fix Russian letters in a Wine application when adjusting LANG does not help?

An application with a Russian UI shows question marks instead the most of its text (some elements are rendered ok though). The system locale is English (en_US, en_IE), I've tried Ubuntu ant XUbuntu ...
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How to specify characters using hexadecimal codes in `grep`?

I am using following command to grep character set range for hexadecimal code 0900 (instead of अ) to 097F (instead of व). How I can use hexadecimal code in place of अ and व? bzcat archive.bz2 | grep ...
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Vim powerline with broken encoding

I trying to learn using vim, I am enjoining a lot, but I copied the vimrc from github and I would like to understand what is causing the break of powerline encoding. . In the vimrc file I have: set ...
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Characters encodings supported by more, cat and less

I have a text file encoded as following according to file: ISO-8859 text, with CRLF line terminators This file contains French's text with accents. My shell is able to display accent and emacs ...
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Convert ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8 using OSX' .bash_profile

When running certain rails scripts in OSX' Terminal, I get warnings such as the following: unable to convert "\xA9" from ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8 for ...
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Polish chars in gedit (Fedora 18)

I locked my Fedora18 computer (set to Polish). Later I couldn't log in (password was accepted, but I didn't see my desktop). I used pkill -KILL -u tymon command in root mode (Ctrl+Alt+f2). After ...
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Search in evolution does not find umlaut in different encoding

I use Evolution 3.6.4 on Fedora 18 x86_64, my main language is German. I got a mail (on my imapx account) encoded in iso-8859-15 with the word "hügelig" in it. The mail is displayed correctly in ...
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Strange encoding in Slackware

I am a student and learning about operating systems, I was modifying a file using vi, when I accidentally did something (I don't remember what) that change the codification/encoding and now this is ...
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Effect of $LANG on terminal

I'm trying to learn how the $LANG variable behaves with gnome-terminal (and its character encoding preference option). I've been using iso8859-1 (latin1) as my main character-set and all my filenames ...