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Bug#413248: installation-reports: (etch) strangeness with non-ASCII-character filenames on vfat partition

On Saturday 03 March 2007 18:14, J S Bygott wrote:
> I've met some problems with an existing vfat filesystem, specifically
> with filenames that have non-ASCII characters.  These problems might
> affect very many users, hence severity "important".

I think that must be because the filesystem is mounted with the wrong 
codepage or iocharset setting. The manpage for mount has:
         Sets the codepage for converting to shortname characters on FAT
         and VFAT filesystems. By default, codepage 437 is used.
         Character set to use for converting between 8 bit characters and
         16 bit Unicode characters. The default is iso8859-1.  Long file-
         names are stored on disk in Unicode format.

So, in /etc/fstab you need to add the correct settings (maybe only the 
first, maybe both) in the options column for your vfat filesystem. Seems 
like the codepage in your case could be 850.

Please let us know if this works.

It could also be that there really is an issue with the display of VFAT 
filenames if UTF-8 is used, but that would not be my first guess.
Anyway, I doubt this would be an installer issue as there is no real way 
for the installer to determine the correct settings.

> Feb 28 19:58:48 debootstrap: Setting up libc6 (2.3.6.ds1-8) ...
> Feb 28 19:58:48 debootstrap: dpkg: --compare-versions takes three
> arguments: <version> <relation> <version>

This is a known error already fixed in a later version of libc (#409516).

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