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  1. #1
    solphonic NNTP User

    Default Can't copy files with non-standard characters


    Hi,
    This issue was supposed to have been fixed according to some threads I
    have found but I'm still seeing it. Basically files/folders that have
    non standrad characters (I find it a lot with international itunes
    music) show up with a question mark. this happens on the cmdline and
    with dolphin/konq.

    (eg) /media/Storage/steve/VHD/Ma�

    I'm pretty sure I have all the packages that have anything to do with
    unicode etc etc, but if someone knows exactly which ones and can make a
    list I can double check...but I think it might actually be a bug.

    Thanks

    I forgot to mention that I use this at work a lot to back peoples hdd's
    up before reinstalling their windows and then put their data back....the
    big issue is that dolphin complains it can't find it and then stops
    copying...which means if there is 50 gig worth of stuff that I have left
    I have to come back, deselect the folder and start the process again...a
    bit of a PITA


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    einheit47 NNTP User

    Default Re: Can't copy files with non-standard characters


    Have you tried using rsync as a workaround?


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  3. #3
    solphonic NNTP User

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    nope, I'd heard of it being used to copy files...but I am mostly
    familiar with it in gentoo portage...also how does it get around the
    issue?

    Thanks for the quick reply by the way.


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    einheit47 NNTP User

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    Ah, I failed to realize your work use scenario implies connecting to a
    remote win machine (via Samba, I'm guessing?). I suggested it because in
    my experience, rsync doesn't really care about stuff like that (I could
    be wrong, though). But in your case, setting this up to work would be
    very annoying.


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    solphonic NNTP User

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    no i don't hook up remotely via samba....I just pull their hdd's out and
    connect it via a ide/sata to usb/esata adaptor, copy the files across,
    put it back in their computer to install windows and then pop it back on
    to copy the data back. The reason I don't just use a portable hdd is
    (if you were wondering) is a lot of the time their systems won't boot,
    or are so **** riddled with viruses it's not worth the pain and effort!
    =)


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    ken yap NNTP User

    Default Re: Can't copy files with non-standard characters


    Could it be those filesystems are, say latin-1 charset for filename
    encoding, and you are mounting them in utf8 or something like that?


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