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Fix encoding of German umlauts in directories and filenames (ü = u╠ê and so on)

I have many zip-files where there are encoding errors for the German umlauts (äüöÄÜÖß). They show up in both the filename.zip as well as in the included directories and files like this: Fünf = ...
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What's wrong with `(add-to-list 'process-coding-system-alist '(“zsh” . utf-8))`?

In Emacs, I routinely use an inferior shell, invoked with M-x shell. I often need to specifically set its coding system, which I do with C-x RET p followed by utf-8 (twice). I want to do this once ...
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What is the best method for ripping DVD to stream to Xbox 360?

What is the best method to rip/encode a standard definition DVD, to be streamed to a Xbox360 from a Vista Media Center pc (preferably using free software). I’ve found tons of tutorials on the web ...
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Convert ANSI text file(s) to UTF8 on Windows command line

I would like to convert (an) ANSI-encoded text file(s) (Win 1252) to UTF8 without BOM, ideally via a command-line call. My use-case: I export .tex files from Stata which I want to compile with ...
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How does the Java VM determine its default file.encoding?

I'm running a Java program on Mac OS X 10.8 (from the Terminal), and the Java VM's file.encoding is defaulting to "SJIS". I even tried a tiny Java program that does nothing but print out the system ...
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Why do some PDF documents appear garbled and unreadable in OS X Preview?

I occasionally come across some PDF documents which are unreadable on a Mac when using the standard OS X Preview. They work OK in Adobe Reader, but not in Preview. Does anyone know what the cause of ...
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Converting Filename Encoding

my operating system is Arch Linux. I am trying to extract a .zip archive that contains CJK characters in its filenames. It was most likely created on a Windows machine. I tried the unzip utility and ...
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Set filename character encoding in Putty's PSFTP

I am using PuTTY's command line utility psftp.exe to transfer files between a UTF8-configured linux server and a MS Windows PC. File names containing non ASCII characters (e.g., Japanese kana) are ...
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Error encoding with ffmpeg

I kept having trouble encode videos. I can encode the video to mpg but the size is 10+x bigger (no joke). So i thought i'd do something simple. Strip the sound, copy the video ffmpeg -i 5.flv ...
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Get vim to ignore conversion errors when reading file

I have a UTF-16 file with a BOM. I've set fileencodings to: set fencs=ucs-bom,utf-16le,utf-8,default,latin1 However because of one character on one line, vim does not auto-detect UTF-16 and ...
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Ffmpeg chain references to other parts of the command for dynamic watermark size

I have been reading the ffmpeg documents for a while now. But I can't seem to wrap my mind around how the filters, naming and backreferences work. Or whether what I want is even possible. I am ...
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subtitle encoding issue with mkvtoolnix

so I've attached a few subtitles to a MKV with mkvtoolnix, but it appears that after muxing the character encoding is messed up. The input subtitles were UTF-8 encoded. I don't know what's the ...
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How to multiplex two videos with ffmpeg

I'm converting videos using the -s option for multiple resulutions and I want to include a short intro at the begining of the video. but for some reason it skips the second -i so i'm only getting the ...
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Automated script to change page encoding after page has been downloaded in Google Chrome

guys! My Chrome doesn't properly recognize page encoding of our local TWIKI site. So, every time i enter the site i have to set suitable encoding manually (Settings -> Tools -> Encoding -> Cyrillic ...
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DVDfab encoding error

I'm trying to use the DVD ripper that comes with DVDfab 8.1 to encode .mp4 video with single pass. I selected the first chapter, which is about 2 minutes long. When the conversion starts and gets ...
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How bitrate changes with screen size

I'm trying to DVDrip a 320x240 screen .m4v video. Is there some way to mathematically know the bitrate for the required screen size so that there will be no distortions and you can know the closest ...
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Good programs for adding hardsubs

What are some good programs for adding hardsubs to an avi file? I've tried mencoder, and it's pretty good, but I can't figure out how to change the color of the subtitles. So I'm looking for another ...
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Why does Komodo edit not open files on doubleclick due to some path encoding error?

When I double click a file in finder to open in Komodo edit, it displays an error message saying it can't find the file and the path is displayed, but with wrong encoding, such that special characters ...
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.VOB files editing, converting and showing with right software

please Audio and video editing and encoding help me! My problem is that: last week with my camera (Panasonics VDR D160) i have filmed one of my company clinics. Coming home, i move all the .VOB files ...
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How do I remove the green line in Adobe Media Encoder?

I'm trying to resize a Flash video (F4V) and in the media encoder, there is a green line along the left edge of the screen. This green line is visible in the Adobe Media Encoder, but not in the ...
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Change line endings and encoding of file at the same time

I have some files with Windows line endings and latin-1 encoding that I need to convert to unix line endings and utf-8. Of course I can for file in ./*.csv; do sed s'/^M//' "$file" > ...
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What encoding parameters are used for the /Windows/Media sound files?

Specifically, what's the: Encoding (e.g. signed 16-bit PCM, 32-bit float, A-Law, 24-bit AWVW, VOX ADPCM, etc.) Byte order (e.g. little-endian or big-endian) Channel count (e.g. 1/mono, 2/stereo) ...
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How can I optimize linux for encoding lots of video or a set of the same cpu intensive tasks?

I have a set of 4-5 machines which almost exclusively encode video all day, and sometimes all night too. I've searched many times to find ways to optimize them for this purpose, but not had any ...
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the kernel module .ko files are sent as base64 encoded in thunderbird

I am participating in the Eudyptula Challenge . where they need the attachments to be sent as text/plain . I tried it through various means and had a number of problems -> gmail web ui - no facility ...
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remove <200b> character from text file

I have a huge text file containing this string/character <200b> that I want to delete. I tried with sed but it didn't work. sed 's/<200b>//g' file The character never shows when I open the ...
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How can I tell what the character encoding of a string of text is?

Troubleshooting an irritating password issue. There's an application we are using that requires a login; I type in the password, it tells me it's wrong. If I open a password manager and copy and ...
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Filename was OK, becomes garbage

The system is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, has been running for a long time without problems. Recently I found that the file names (Chinese characters) become garbage (wrong encoding). To be exact: I ssh from ...
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How do I change the file encoding in Sublime Text 2?

Using all those techniques like: { "Default_encoding": "UTF-8", "font_size": 9, "ignored_packages": [ "Vintage" ] } and even when I save with UTF-8 encoding, always ...
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Re-encode emails and auto-forward to a specific mailbox

I am working in an Exchange 2010 environment, and I am interested in doing the follow: Having a Server-Side rule that takes all emails sent to a particular address, and forwards them to a new ...
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Streaming / Transcoding failed

I installed VLC, and works well apparently, on Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3, but when I streamed some video (.flv format) I get this error.- Streaming / Transcoding failed VLC could not open ...
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How can I set the terminal encoding when running a crontab job?

I have a crontab job which executes a Ruby script on Arch Linux. It works basically, but when I call "googlecl" to post to my blog, it always shows a "safeDecodeError" exception (eg.: ...
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iconv supports too few encoding

iconv -l outputs too few encodings on CentOS 6.5: $ iconv -l 10646-1:1993, 10646-1:1993/UCS4, ANSI_X3.4-1968, ANSI_X3.4-1986, ANSI_X3.4, ASCII, CP367, CSASCII, CSUCS4, IBM367, ISO-10646, ...
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Files saved in utf-8 shown broken in browsers

Now every time I save a file with utf-8 (default, like I did it the last 8 years) my browsers (Chrome, Firefox) can't read it properly any longer. If I use encoding utf-16 it works fine, but I don't ...
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Different Alt codes with the same codepage

Alt+0120 on my computer prints "H" on my computer but on my friend's computer prints "x". The chcp command on both computers returns 720 as default code page. Do you have any idea what is different ...
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Where do I find the character encoding of a Word document?

I'm working with the Smooks framework for Java and having an issue when loading in a Word document. The document is from a non-english source and I need to figure out what the character encoding is. ...
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Emacs c-mode can't recognize utf-8?

I need to read one C++ head file which has some Chinese and was encoded using utf-8. Emacs should recognize this encoding, but it turns out: Then, I changed it to text-mode, it works: I also ...
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Compressing a bunch of HTMLs into one PDF

I have a lot of HTML files (webpages, saved with FireFox as one <filename>.html file and a <filename>_files directory with statics). How can i compress them into one large PDF file with ...
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ImageMagick cannot use identify on remote image if it contains a port number

I am having trouble using exec identify on a remote image with imagemagick if the url contains a port number. So the url appears like this: http://isite.com:81/image.jpg If I remove the :81 it works. ...
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Job queueing in Toast Titanium 10?

I have a bunch of .MP4 video files I'm burning to DVD-Video using Toast Titanium 10 on my MacBook Pro. Right now, I'm doing them one at a time. Because my computer is several years old, encoding video ...
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How to Embed Subtitle to MP4 Without Re-Encoding or ( Is it possible to show Softcoded Subtitle in Web Flash Player )

I have mp4 videos. I need mp4 videos for my website so i dont want to re-encode my mp4 videos to mp4 to add subtitle. I can add subtitle to my videos with MP4Box (with CMD) but it is softcoded. ...
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ffmpeg -sample_fmt error under Windows

I was tasked to convert a simple audio track on windows using the following command: ffmpeg -i mySound.mp3 -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -ab 128k -ac 2 -sample_fmt s16 out.mp3 However it fails ...
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Firefox encodes some characters as squares filled with numbers

Since a couple of days I'm experiencing this problem: Firefox (and Light too) displays a lot of strange characters in different websites. Something like: 🎂   And so on. I realized that those ...
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How to change character set of text in Excel 2013

I have the following issue with Excel 2013, which is still surprisingly lacking proper multilanguage support despite it being, you know, XXI century. I have a text in Excel 2013 which is displayed as ...
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Vim scripting with Tcl: encoding mismatch

I am trying to write a plugin for Vim using Tcl as the backend language. I have written and tested most of the code and it seems to work fine except for one hurdle I can't seem to get over: encoding. ...
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Arabic Filenames messed up after backup. How to retrieve?

I needed to back up a computer with mixed Arabic and English (Roman) filenames because the computer hard drive was about to fail. The files copied over successfully, or so I thought. When I went to ...
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PHP exec iconv doesn't work

I have an .sh script and an iconv command inside. I can't use the PHP iconv function. I don't knwo why but with my script the iconv command doesn't do anything. It's creating an empty file without ...
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Excel csv encoding default

Ok here's the deal I exported a csv in UTF-16 format via PHP and open it in excel...All the encoding works perfectly. My question is, suppose I edit this csv and then just hit save in excel and ...
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Keep formatting while pasting to Visual Studio 2012

I'm having trouble keeping special formatting while copying from Notepad++ to Visual Studio 2012. I can't paste it here either, so I've made some images. Notepad++ Notepad The characters in ...
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Encoding Problems with dropbox on fat32 used on Windows and Debian

I am using an encrypted (Truecrypt) data-Partition (fat32), on which my Dropbox folder is located. This Partition is mounted on Windows 8 as well as Crunchbang (Debian wheezy) and Ubuntu 12.10. When ...
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FFMPEG Multistream WMV

I need a program for Ubuntu Lucid that can covert a video file to a multistream WMV. I have been looking into FFMPEG, but I can cannot figure out how to do several streams in a single WMV. Currently ...