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I'm not sure if encoding is the word but I just deployed a plain instance of Ubuntu 10.04 in Amazon's EC2

I log in to the server from a Windows PC with PUTTY and here is the output of a tree command:

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

setting utf-8 encoding in PUTTY Window -> Translation -> Remote Character Set did the trick

ref: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5027403/vim-show-strange-characters-over-putty/5027543#5027543

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