Problems working with filenames containing special characters
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Internationalisation and localisation is a complex topic. Refer to the Wikipedia article Internationalization and localization for background. Wikipedia also includes an article category Character encoding which includes articles on Unicode and UTF-8 as well as on various legacy character encodings still in common use.
Converting the encoding of file names to UTF-8
The convmv package provides a way to reencode filenames to UTF-8. Refer to the OpenSUSE support database article Converting Files or File Names to UTF-8 Encoding for details.
Using legacy character encodings with Gtk/GNOME applications
GNOME applications and Gtk applications in general build on a common low-level library, GLib. By default, GLib assumes that the encoding used for filenames is UTF-8. To change this, the environment variable G_FILENAME_ENCODING can be used. When set to @locale, it will cause GLib to assume file names are encoded using the encoding of the current locale. When set to a character set name, e.g. Big5, that character set will be assumed.
Refer to the GLib Reference Manual's section Running and debugging GLib Applications for full details.
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- Document ID:7000353
- Creation Date: 12-May-2008
- Modified Date:24-Mar-2021
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