This applies to both Windows XP and Windows 7.
Some of my files have names with European characters, for example the German a-umlaut, also known as a-diaeresis.
These are displayed correctly in Windows Explorer, and also in a command shell (cmd.exe) window in response to the "dir" command.
However, if that "dir" command is directed to a file, e.g.
dir > file.txt
then the European characters in that file are represented in a DOS codepage; for example the a-umlaut is represented as decimal 132 (hex 0x84). This is not what I want. I want the file to be in the ANSI codepage, where for example a-umlaut is decimal 228 (hex 0xE4).
Issuing the command "cmd /?" results in help information including the line
/A Causes the output of internal commands to a pipe or file to be ANSI
This sounds like exactly what I want. However, either the sequence of commands
cmd /A dir > file.txt exit
or the equivalent single command line
cmd /A /C dir > file.txt
produces exactly the same file.txt as before; with its Europoean characters still in the DOS code page.
So my question is, how can I get "dir" to write a file in the ANSI codepage?