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Changing the encoding of a text file in linux

Recently I have been working with different language keywords file. I was continuously running into errors dealing with the encoding problems.

Here are few links to deal with them:


Convert a iso-8859-1 charset file into a utf-8 charset file using standard Linux tools.

The solution – using bash shell and using Linux – of course:

iconv --from-code=ISO-8859-1 --to-code=UTF-8 iso.txt > utf.txt

Unicode Demystified:


Posted by Surender Reddy Yerva on Wednesday 14 April 2010 at 13:59