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Why does the output of > generate unintelligible text?

I am trying to save the output of a command to a file. The command is: clang -Xclang -ast-dump -fsyntax-only main.cpp > output.txt However the resulting output.txt file when opened (by gedit and ...
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What is this '°͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌' strange character?

I saw this °͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌ strange character online. I also noted that: It needs 26 backspaces to delete but behaves like one character when selecting. It is drawn vertically covering ...
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Join all content in one file in a good quality with Expression Encoder 4

I've made a job with Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 and I've added some context to the job. I've place the xej file and the other content into the same folder. You can see here what I've done. ...
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OS X: Base64 encode via command line

Is there a terminal command in Mac OS X which will base64 encode a file or stdin?
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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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Notepad++: I messed up with encoding of a file

I messed with up encoding in Notepad ++ probably by editing the same file by standard notepad.exe and/or by switching encoding in Notepad++ itself. However, almost everything looks good but some text ...
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How to set the default encoding to Unicode?

How do I set the default encoding in Firefox/Iceweasel to Unicode (instead of Western)? I'm particularly interested in the default encoding for *.txt files. Firefox/Iceweasel seems to always choose ...
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What happened to these characters?

I obtained a file from someone and don't know what its encoding is. I mean, it's mostly readable as 7-bit ASCII characters, but there's an occasional 8-bit character that throws me. For example: ...
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Why does Sublime sftp report encoding error?

In Sublime Text SFTP config, I list /htdocs as my remote path. I need to download everything (i.e. the whole website). My local folder is called Z:\sftp. I want everything from remote /htdocs to go ...
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Audio driver on Mac OS X sounded like it had a bit crusher on it… reset SaffireMix parameters and it went away. What happened?

Does anyone else use a Saffire Pro 24 audio device, or similar Focusrite/Saffire device for an audio I/O? Gradually over the last week it has sounded like my Mac's audio system has descended deeper ...
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FFmpeg - video re-encoding and remuxing

I am using FFmpeg C API to re-encode a video and to remux it (I have been following the official samples, that work after some modifications). Since I only have to process (modify) some video frames, ...
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Recursively download website on Windows preserving Unicode filenames

Normally I use GNU wget to grab websites recursively. But I want to fetch some websites with lots of Unicode URLs for various languages and I'd like to keep the Unicode in the filenames. (Here's an ...
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Subtitles in VLC are wrong

I have an .MKV file and the subtitles are incorrect I tried with different encondings as this answer states, but I with no luck. The subtitles are embedded inside the file so I can't open them in ...
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How to encode .mkv video to .mp4 in ffmpeg while retaining the video subtitles and add additioinal watermark?

I want to encode .mkv video to .mp4 using ffmpeg while retaining the subtitle in .mkv format and add additioinal watermark, the current technique that i know is this will convert the .mkv video to ...
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How run Teamcity buildAgent with UTF-8 by default encoding on Windows 10

When I started buildagent on Windows 10, it uses the system default encoding, which I can manage by control panel Regional and Language Options. How can I setup buildagent to use UTF-8 by default?
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“no such file or directory” for filenames with accents on ntfs hard drive on mac os x

I'm on OSX El Capitan (10.11.3) and i plugged an external hard drive in a NTFS format. I have troubles reading some files with 'accents'. bash> ls Document re´ponse - Partie 2.docx Test ...
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Accelerate Sony Vegas Studio with ATI/NVIDIA?

Is there a way to accelerate the encoding in Sony Vegas Studio via GPU (ATI/NVIDIA)? ATI preffered!
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How can I extract an RAR whose file names are non-Unicode in Linux?

I have an RAR archive whose file names are in GB2312 rather than Unicode. So after I extracted it, there were many "invalid encoding" warnings. It's said that the official utilities can handle the ...
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MeGUI H.264 - Always encode with 4 reference frames

I had already set the number of reference frames to 16 but the final output keep showing 4 ref frames. I tried to use 15 ref frames instead but it still won't work. Any ideas how to solve this?
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Font issue in Chrome

I have been having trouble displaying text on some webpages in Google Chrome recently. Instead of having the text, I get like ugly checkboxes. I don't recall having installed an extension that could ...
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Encoding issue with JIRA Trac Importer

while using the JIRA Trac Importer I have a problem with special characters (in my case they are mainly german umlauts.) The problem already occurs in the postgres db in table 'jiraissue': table ...
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Merging several videos with audio channel and without audio

I need to merge very different videos into a one output video. Input videos can have different resolutions, framerate, channels and so on. So some videos can be without audio channel and should be ...
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get timestamp of a keyframe exactly before a given timestamp with FFmpeg

I want to cut lengthy segments of a video file and then join them. But without re encoding precise cutting isn't possible as ffmpeg seeks to the key frame before my listed time stamp and cuts from ...
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How can I convert .mov to h.264 video MPEG-TS container (with DVB subtitles) using ffmpeg

I have to achieve these results: Vídeo ID : 481 (0x1E1) ID in Menu : 1 (0x1) Formato : AVC Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec Format profile : High@L4 Format config, CABAC : Yes Format config, ...
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How and why is this string of text a fork bomb?

Found on a random chan board: echo "I<RA('1E<W3t`rYWdl&r()(Y29j&r{,3Rl7Ig}&r{,T31wo});r`26<F]F;==" | uudecode Somehow running this this results in an infinitely spawning ...
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FFmpeg encoding to H265

I read that the new H265 is supposed to have around twice the compression efficiency of H264 and supposed files around half the size http://x265.org/hevc-h265/ All of my results trying to encode to ...
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windows-1251 looks like windows-1252

I'm using Windows 10 and I have some problem with encoding. When I got a file in windows-1251 it looks like windows is trying to encode it in winsows-1252 instead. So cyrilic is unreadable for me and ...
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How enforce IE ( v8+) to use a predefined Encoding and direction

We have an application which uses Internet Explorer internally to show some type of data. The web content it shows using a meta tag for ASCII and left to right. Right click is disabled so I can't ...
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How to know current encoding in Firefox?

I use to on website which have some issues with local chars encoding ,but for one second it switch it up to the normal encoding, but I cant detect where/from encoding was made. Is it possible to see ...
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FFMPEG / x264: Single pass: how do you raise start time bitrates?

When using single-pass mode with a VBV size specified, libx264 will initially "sandbag" the bitrate, presumably due to lack of evidence (or perhaps even a bug). (This is an ironic followup to this ...
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FFMpeg image sequence to video using VP9 encoder

I'm trying to transcode mp4 to webm format in a lossless way. I tried two ways to do that. For that purpose, I extracted mp4 video to image sequences (png). Then, I converted image sequence(without ...
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Change encoding of txt file

When I write : file file1.txt I have this output : Little-endian UTF-16 Unicode text, with CR line terminators Then if I write : file file2.txt I have : ASCII text file2.txt is created by ...
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Notepad++ doesn't show Russian letters

I'm trying to setup the translation file (.php) but can't get Notepad++ to display the Russian text. The file was created on a PC with Russian Windows 7 (Windows Notepad) and everything looks fine ...
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decompress ZIP with given encoding

I got ZIP file(s), which contains files, which filenames are in some encoding. Let's say I know encoding of those filenames, but I still dont know how to properly decompress them. Here is example ...
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Save username and password of openvpn in encrypted format

While searching on internet I have found that we can automate vpn login via editing config file through adding auth-user-pass login.conf and create login.cnf file and add your credentials in pure text ...
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Why is 256 color display not working with linux console, while it does with screen?

I am working on a python program with a text-mode GUI based on urwid. urwid is a library to create ncurses-style programs with python. Operating System is CentOS 7. Everything works fine under ...
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Firefox shows Chinese/strange encoding characters on pages

This happens on Google Accounts like Gmail, Twitter.. a few other SSL pages and some non SSL pages. I have tried those pages on Chrome and they work fine. I have tried following the View > ...
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Is it possible to rename files in a zip archive before extracting?

I pulled a zip file from the web which was packed on a system where filenames were encoded in a format my unzip program fails to read. Perhaps the file-system does not support those weird characters, ...
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7zip filename encoding problems

I have problems extracting files from 7zip archive with non-ascii symbols in filenames. I have identical versions of 7z on two computers, which differ only by the system locale. If I compress on one ...
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How to learn about media encoding, decoding, formats, etc [closed]

While engaging in some media processing (ripping DVD to .avi to watch on my laptop), I became interested in all the technicalities I encountered regarding the video and audio encoding etc. What are ...
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How is web form content encoded in Safari's cache?

A friend of mine just accidentally navigated off a web page where she entered a rather lengthy text into a web form. When navigating back to the page, the text was lost. (Spoiler: The page had an ...
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How to auto detect text file encoding?

There are many plain text files which were encoded in variant charsets. I want to convert them all to UTF-8, but before running iconv, I need to know its original encoding. Most browsers have an ...
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Why does git create iso-8859-1 encoded _BASE files for mergetool if the local and remote files are utf-8 encoded?

When issuing git mergetool after git pull origin master DiffMerge which is set up as merge tool complains that the _BASE file can't be opened with UTF-8 encoding. file -I [path to _BASE file] shows ...
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Excel incompatible with itself

So I have a csv I created with excel in this format: col1;col2;col5 a;b;c d;e;f I want to change it to the more usual " and , how can I do that as of now every change either changes the encoding or ...
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Does tar happen to corrupt files? How can I recover a corrupted file?

So I was finishing a small c++ project last sunday, after a last check I made a tgz archive of it and sent it by email. And when I tried to open it again today, the file appeared to be completely ...
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Determining the encoding of a file on Mac OS X?

How can determine the character encoding of plain text files (such as html) on Mac OS X?
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Can iconv convert the 'symbol' encoding?

I need to convert some files in greek that are encoded to be used with 'Symbol' font to Unicode. Can I use iconv for this? And if so, what is the name of encoding that is used in 'Symbol'?
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Does converting from DTS-HD MA to AC3 lead to lower quality versus extracting the DTS core?

DTS Core is 1.5 mbps, AC-3 is 640 kbps, but I heard that AC-3 is much more efficient than DTS and that DTS at 1.5 mbps equals AC-3 at 640. However, if the source is DTS-HD MA, extracting the DTS core ...
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Block rename files with wrongly encoded filenames in Windows

I have a large number of files that (due to some multi-stage transport) have wrong filenames. For example a file that should be named Τεχνικός Di 04.02.2014 23_43.msg is currently named ...
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ffmpeg - How to copy|extract encoding settings from existing media file?

I wished to be able do this multiple times now so I ask. If I have an existing video or audio file, ffmpeg, mplayer and other media players can detect at least some of it's "propreties" like ...