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Re: [Q] Use of UTF-8 in cygwin bash shell scripts

On Sat, 3 Apr 2004, Arifi Koseoglu wrote:

> Hello everyone.
> I have a question regarding the use of UTF-8 in a cygwin-bash shell script
> under windows XP and 2000 (does the behavior differ between 2000 and XP ?).
> I have a bash script automatically generated with a Perl program, which is
> supposed to copy files from one disk to another and at the same time replace
> all international characters in the filename and path with english
> counterparts (for example c with cedilla becomes c).
> The lines in the shell script are all of the form:
> cp "source path with international chars in it" "target with no
> international chars"
> The shell script is generated/saved in UTF-8 encoding. (since it has to
> properly contain the international chars). By the way, with international I
> mean the additional characters in the Turkish alphabet - but the same
> question should apply to all non-english alphabets.
> Now, I cannot get the script to work. I can 'ls' the files using
> $ ls "source path with international chars in it"
> the listing displays the Turkish characters properly, however whenever I go
> ahead to execute the script, bash complains that "source path with
> international chars in it" cannot be found.
> What am I missing? Does bash not support scripts encoded in UTF-8? Should I
> use another Unicode encoding (and how?) Or shoud I trash this method and try
> something else (what?). There are thousands of files to be renamed.
> I will appreciate any pointers deeply. Many thanks in advance.
> Best,
> Arifi

Bash doesn't support UTF-8.  You might get away with using the appropriate
8-bit encoding based on your codepage.  Alternatively, just iterate over
the directory contents and rename each file from perl.
      |\      _,,,---,,_
ZZZzz /,`.-'`'    -.  ;-;;,_
     |,4-  ) )-,_. ,\ (  `'-'		Igor Pechtchanski, Ph.D.
    '---''(_/--'  `-'\_) fL	a.k.a JaguaR-R-R-r-r-r-.-.-.  Meow!

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