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Re: character encoding

On 2007-12-31 15:08:24 -0800, Kelly Clowers wrote:
> On Dec 31, 2007 1:41 PM, ChadDavis <chadmichaeldavis@gmail.com> wrote:
> > 3) What is the encoding of the file name?  Is this a feature of the
> > filesystem?
> This is also based on your locale.

And this is nasty: This means that if the user changes his locales
(or use different locales depending on the context), he will get
buggy filenames; this is also the case with system scripts that run
under the C locale. Also, different users using different locales
won't easily be able to share files.

Workaround 1: don't use non-ASCII characters in filenames. This
may not be very user-friendly, but this is 100% compatible with

Workaround 2 (if ASCII isn't sufficient): always use UTF-8. But be
careful about the normalization problems (NFC/NFD...). Linux can't
handle that, so that you may get several files with the same name
(but encoded differently) in the same directory.

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