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How To Handle Special Characters in Cygwin, E.G., Trademark Symbol, n with the tilde above it
- From: "Leon Vanderploeg" <leonv at vaultnow dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Cc: <leonv at vaultnow dot com>
- Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:44:26 -0600
- Subject: How To Handle Special Characters in Cygwin, E.G., Trademark Symbol, n with the tilde above it
I have recently encountered a problem with accessing files that have special
characters in the file names. The special characters include (a couple
examples) the trademark symbol and the n with a tilde above it. The
recommendation from "
Filenames with unusual (foreign) characters
Windows filesystems use Unicode encoded as UTF-16 to store filename
information. If you don't use the UTF-8 character set (see the section
called "Internationalization") then there's a chance that a filename is
using one or more characters which have no representation in the character
set you're using.
In the default "C" locale, Cygwin creates filenames using the UTF-8
charset. This will always result in some
valid filename by default, but again might impose problems when
switching to a non-"C" or non-"UTF-8" charset.
To avoid this scenario altogether, always use UTF-8 as the character
Suggestions on how to access these files?
Thanks in advance...
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