On 09/01/2011 17:24, Ric Moore wrote:
On Sun, 2011-01-09 at 11:24 +1100, Basil Chupin wrote:
On 09/01/2011 10:51, rikona wrote:
I have hundreds of classical music files with what seems to be foreign
chrs in the file name. It is not possible to copy these to a backup -
it says 'file does not exist' but gives the name with some 'black
diamond' chrs in the name. I'm assuming these diamonds are the chrs it
does not know what to do with. I have to skip the file to continue.
There may be a thousand+ of these chrs - too many to do by hand. I
tried skipping manually, and it became clear this would take a VERY
long time, and I would still not get a copy.
Is there a way to semi-automatically change these chrs to their
'nearest good chr' so it would be approximately readable correctly in
English, AND the comp would like the name? :-)
Has to do with the char set you are using on your computer. You are
probably using UTF-8 but the chars you see as "diamond" will be
displayed correctly if you switch over to Western (ISO 8859-1). (Or try
the reverse to what I just stated.)
If you can sorta figure out the filename and wish to copy/move it to
something more ascii, you could just use midnight commander (mc) for a
text file handler. When I run into Windows file names full of spaces and
prancing pink unicorns with spangles, I use mc to brute force them into
submission. It's a manly tool, for us manly Linux-OS men and for the
Linux Chics ladies, too!
I prefer to use the compassionate, gentle persuasion, and a soft-voiced
approach to solving such a problem rather than the "brute force" (you
brute, you!) approach you are advocating O:-) .
Anyway, watcha doing still messing around with Windows garbage?! Shut
the damn Windows and stop the bugs from getting in! (Eh, I like what I
just wrote! I think I'll use it as a sig line - unless you want to use
(Still having a hard time convincing people to switch from Windows, eh?
:-( Not to worry, Windows' time is nigh - 1111 hours on 12/12/2012 at
"I would rather deal with a correct asshole than a polite dipshit ANY AND EVERYDAY"
Brian K. White
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