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How can I get files named with Arabic characters added to and extracted from a .zip file.

For example, under Windows XP, I get an error message that says "The compression cannot be performed becasue the file or directory...contains characters in its name that Compressed (zipped) Folders cannot store...

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Which program are you using? I never had problems with 7zip on XP (but I only used Arabic filenames once or twice). –  AndrejaKo Sep 27 '10 at 20:30

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Assuming you're on Windows, navigate to Control Panel > Region and Language > Administrative tab, click on "Change system locale" and change the "Current language for non-Unicode programs" as Arabic. That should do the trick.

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That seems to work to get the file added to the archive. But once it's extracted, the file name isn't retained - it's garbage. –  Brad Rhoads Oct 19 '10 at 19:02

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