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Linux.com: CLI Magic: Convert File Names to a Different Encoding with convmv

Dec 12, 2006, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Manolis Tzanidakis)

"Recent versions of most Linux distributions support non-English languages out of the box by using the Unicode standard. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that I was able to read and write in Greek--my native language--on a fresh Ubuntu Edgy Eft installation without any manual intervention. Unfortunately, my happiness lasted only until I tried to open files with Greek file names. Instead of Greek characters I saw garbage. I've been using the 8-bit ISO 8859-7 encoding for Greek file names, and since it worked well I was too lazy to convert my systems to Unicode. Manually renaming hundreds of files in order to convert them to Unicode was not an option; I needed some kind of automation. Convmv is the right tool for that job.

"Convmv is a Perl program that converts file names and directories between different character encodings. It converts only the file names, not the content of the files, and can also convert a whole filesystem, including symlinks..."

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