[CentOS] Locales and filenames

ken gebser at mousecar.com
Tue Oct 27 23:28:58 UTC 2009

On 10/27/2009 02:16 PM Alfred von Campe wrote:
> On Oct 27, 2009, at 13:40, Niki Kovacs wrote:
>> I vaguely remember Mac uses UTF-16 as default encoding. This could be
>> the source of your problem.
> Forget I said anything about the Mac; I'm only using it to write these
> emails.  The file in question was completely created on Linux.  The
> filename contains the character 0xE7 (c with cedilla) and the file
> itself contains the character 0xED (i acute).  Neither character is
> displayed correctly using ls (filename) or cat (content), but I can look
> at the file with vim.  Here is some output cut&pasted from my xterm
> window to illustrate the issue:
> bash-3.2$ ls -l XXX*
> -rw-r--r-- 1 av16209 GRP-HEPDSW 22 oct 27 14:11 XXX?
> bash-3.2$ cat test.sh
> #!/bin/sh
> echo "This is an i acute: � > XXX�
>                                   bash-3.2$
> I have also attached a gzip'ed test.sh.
> Alfred


Seems to me that the value of the (badly displaying) characters are
being preserved, but they're not being displayed properly.  That is, the
shell isn't accessing the correct font set(s).  Your report also tells
us that cim is somehow capable of grabbing the correct fonts.  To verify
this, make vim create the file names (in the languages in question).
E.g., create a file with vi with just one German/Greek/French word, say,
Έντελέχεια (Entylecheia, an ancient Greek word).  If the name of the
file is "nonenglish", then, after you do your save in vim, run the shell

touch temp; mv temp $(cat nonenglish)

This should rename the temp file to the Greek word inside of the
nonenglish file.  If I'm understanding you correctly, the Greek word
should appear fine inside of vim, but will be butchered by the shell.
Then do

ls > dirfile; vi dirfile

and see if the Greek word appears correct again in vim.

Tell us what you find.

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