Questions that deal with various representations of characters & character sets, such as: ASCII, UTF-8, EBCDIC, among others. Often encountered when moving files between operating systems that encode new lines with carriage returns and/or newline characters.

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Terminal Character Encoding Issue BitchX

I ran BitchX on three different Linux OS-es because I got this weird � (question mark) on two of them (Linux OpenSUSE 11.4 and BackTrack 5 R1) using yakuake/konsole (OpenSUSE) and terminator/tilda (BT ...
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How to use grep/ack with files in arbitrary encoding?

On my Linux desktop I have a UTF-8 locale. When I try to search some KOI8-R encoded files with grep (ack), it fails. If I manually encode the pattern into KOI8-R and pass that as an argument, it works....
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Font encoding in Terminal

I have a problem with my font encoding in terminator When I first lauch it and then launch vim nerdTree the small ▸ are displayed well. But if I quit vim and then type reset in my terminator they are ...
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How to fix character encoding in bash (arch linux)

I have some issues with the encoding of german umlauts in bash. It mostly is working fine, but when i am typing a invalid command, the error message generated by bash contains strange escape sequences ...
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TUI interfaces not displaying correctly

I have an Ubuntu 11.04 server on Amazon EC2 which cannot display TUI interfaces correctly, like on Midnight Commander or tree. I'm quite sure that this problem was not there when I set it up, and I ...
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Converting text into ASCII/ISO-8859-1

I'm looking for some tool that can convert text, ideally from UTF-8 (but ISO-8859-2 and WINDOWS-1250 would be fine) into ASCII/ISO-8859-1? I have seen some online transliteration tools but I need ...
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How to produce a file encoded in Mac OS Roman

Inside a bash script I have a line that creates and then inside a loop, append strings to a text file, something like echo $myTextString >> file.txt I need this final file to be formatted ...
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Remove copyright symbol

I'm trying to parse a RSS feed on the command line. The code works so far but the feed contains a copyright symbol which I try to remove (it is latin1 encoded). How do I remove the copyright symbol (\...
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Most common encoding for strings in C++ in Linux (and Unix?)

For creating a C++ program that is source code level portable between Windows and Linux and handles internationalization well, there are IMHO three main encodings to consider: The encoding of the C++...
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How can I test the encoding of a text file… Is it valid, and what is it?

I have several .htm files which open in Gedit without any warning/error, but when I open these same file in Jedit, it warns me of invalid UTF-8 encoding... The html meta tag states "charset=ISO-...
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How can I set VIM's default encoding to UTF-8?

I'd like to contribute to an open source project providing translated strings. One of their requirements is that contributors must use UTF-8 as the encoding for the PO files. I'm using VIM 7.3 on ...
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How do I re-encode a mixed encoded text file

I've got a log file that is ASCII, except for a few UTF-8 characters (which I can fix for a future version). For the moment, I need to figure out how to get this file to a viewable/searchable/...
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XML text file with `^@` characters in it?

I have an XML file that I need to parse. When I open it in nano, nano give me the message (converted from Mac format). However between each character, there is a ^@ sequence, like so: ^@t^@h^@e^@ ^@q^...
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special character in filename (\#033OA)

I've got a slight problem with a very stubborn error during an rsync. It's caused by a file with a special character in its filename. There's been others but I could sort that out by doing some ...
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What is the connection between a gedit bug and a Unix-&-Linux Q/A href?

While answering a Unix-&-Linux question, I observed that Gedit and two other editors, Leafpad and Medit (I tested 12 editors altogether) exhibit the a certain bug. As it turns out, the bug is ...
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`^M` at the end of each line of text files generated under Windows

I was wondering why if you open a textfile made in Windows notepad under unix you will find that it has ^M where there should be a new line? My understanding is that in Windows, every line is ended ...
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Encoding changed after running cat

After running cat on some files I get the infamous 'bushes': ␌⎺└⎻⎼␊⎽⎽␊␍ ├▒⎼ °␋┌␊. B␊├├␊⎼ ┤⎽␊ ├▒⎼'⎽ ≥ which I believe are result of encoding being changed. Is there any way to recover the terminal ...
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Foreign characters won't display in SSH

I'm having some problems with using ssh and a remote server (which I do not have admin access to) - Specifically, there are a couple of folders on there with Korean and Cyrillic text. When I display ...
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why does my emacs whitespace mode add “” to my buffer?

I'm using Putty to ssh into a RedHat box, and I'm running GNU emacs inside the putty ssh window. When I turn on whitespace-mode using M-x whitespace mode, I notice I see a "Â" before each space or ...
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How to build-compile a .c file

I have little experience with LINUX . I am using Debian. It has a library glibc which has several useful programs. iconv is the program that i want to use to do several charset conversions... However ...