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To answer my own question, the first thing I did was run urxvt from the terminal. After firing up two or three of them, I got unicode to show up. My locale is clearly en_US UTF-8 so it should work anyway. I checked a bunch of posts from arch and found https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=50963 which lead me to try to chsh my shell into zsh. It ...


The error was fixed by setting in /etc/profile.d/lang.sh: export LANG=en_US.UTF-8 Instead of export LANG=en_US


You can of course read the source of tar to check for yourself. Simply put, tar does no interpretation of the byte sequence that make up a filename. Just like the kernel, it treats it as an abstract sequence of bytes. So it is 'safe', in the sense that usable files will be extracted. In the environment where the files are unpacked, then user tools may ...

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