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I have to update a website with a lot of files. I am using Textmate's Find in project to replace text with a massive regular expression.

The problem is: the files are saved on a windows machine in ISO-8859-1 (Windows). Textmate likes to look at files as MacRoman or UTF-8. So, special characters such as curly quotes get replaced by bits of evil.

When I use Reopen file with encoding it reads the file fine. But when I apply a change using Find in project and then issue Save all files all the files get saved with the wrong encoding, leading to a lot of bad characters.

Has anyone any idea how to prevent this and make sure all the files are read and saved with the right encoding?

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I think Textmate can't do this so you might want to do command line replacements using Sed,
or look for an alternative editor that does handle encoding properly.

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TextMate preferences does have an option to change the default encoding. I don't see why that wouldn't work. –  ghoppe Aug 11 '10 at 16:33
    
@ghoppe: me neither, but it seems to be ignored. –  avdgaag Aug 11 '10 at 19:46
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Have you tried opening the TextMate preferences under the Advanced tab? There is a popup for File Encoding: where you can choose the default encoding. ISO-8859-1 is available.

Underneath the popup there's a checkbox that says Use for existing files as well — have you checked that box?

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Yes I have. Setting that to the correct encoding does indeed work well when opening a file. But this is not respected when modifying files without opening them, as 'Save all files' does. –  avdgaag Aug 11 '10 at 19:45
    
@avdgaag See my edit. Is that checkbox selected as well? –  ghoppe Aug 11 '10 at 22:47
    
yes it is. –  avdgaag Aug 12 '10 at 19:04
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