Character encoding is the process of interpreting bytes to readable characters. UTF-8 is the dominant encoding since 2009 and is promoted as a de-facto standard .
The following lists some terminals that support UTF-8:
- VTE-based terminals
- xterm - Run with the argument
-u8or configure resource
Gnome-terminal or rxvt-unicode
You need to launch these applications from a UTF-8 locale or they will drop UTF-8 support. Enable the
en_US.UTF-8 locale (or your local UTF-8 alternative) per the instructions above and set it as the default locale, then reboot.
- Use mp3unicode for fixing encoding problems with mp3 files.
Incorrect encoding for extracted files
Old versions of Windows (XP, Vista, and 7) use different encoding for the content of compressed files. To unzip use the command:
$ unzip -O CP936 file.zip