Questions tagged [character-encoding]

Character encoding refers to the way characters are represented as a series of bytes

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How to find correct character encoding

I am unable to save a buffer due to a character encoding. I am doing exploratory data analysis using Org babel. Data is read from a file using Python and the results are printed to the buffer. #+...
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Coding system issue

I am struggling with Emacs coding system for years, sometimes it does what I expect it to do, sometimes not? I am mostly writing in French, often in English also and starting a bit in Spanish. I ...
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Tamil characters show as garbage in shell buffer but ok in files

When printing non-latin characters like the ones from my mother tongue Tamil in shell, it appears weird(left side window in the image). When I open the file with Tamil characters they are rendered ...
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How open text file by default with UTF-8 endcoding system?

Emacs 26.1, Windows 10 In my init.el: (set-language-environment "UTF-8") But when I open text file the Emacs not show correct Cyrillic text. Why? describe-variable -> buffer-file-coding-system ...
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Unicode input from keyboard (QMK) to Emacs

I have setup my QMK-enabled keyboard to output Unicode characters. In short, that was adding UNICODE_ENABLE = yes line to the rules.mk file and adding the following two lines to the config.h file. #...
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Problem with file encoding in Org-Mode

One org-mode file started showing strange coding instead of spanish characters (á, é, ...). Instead of "Música" and "fotografía" it shows "M\303\272sica" and "fotograf\303\203\302\255a". I'm using ...
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Shell coding system

If, before M-x shell, I run C-x RET c (universal-coding-system-argument) I can change the coding system used by the shell. Therefore, given echo Straße > foo foo will be encoded in the related ...
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Characters replaced with angled bracket sequence, possibly due to encoding

I have files in Markdown, saved in a Dropbox folder. One of them replaces characters with angled bracket sequences. For example a git diff no-index between the saved file and a copy-paste of the text ...
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Copy or paste between terminal emacs 26 and Mac apps

I am using terminal emacs a lot, and the method from Copy text from Emacs to OS X clipboard works for a long time. But after upgrading to Emacs 26, if I kill a string like "你好" from emacs, and paste ...
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Under Windows, Emacs cannot handle encodings correctly for subprocesses, can it?

I have two simple text files on my D: drive, as shown below. D:\我.txt I D:\你.txt You After I execute M-x diff and type the correct filenames (Yes, I can input Chinese and filename ...
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Emacs opens files with wrong line end encoding

Whenever I open a file encoded with dos end lines, Emacs decides it's encoded in undecided_linux and displays ^M after each line. I checked, those files all have matching newline characters (no odd ^...
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Coding System utf-8 on Mac - Which one and why as default?

I want to change my default encoding system from non defined to UTF-8 (I think that would be useful). Now I have seen many different UTF-8 coding systems: mule-utf-8 mule-utf-8-dos mule-utf-8-...
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select coding system if annotating with pdftools

so here I am happily annotating pdfs with pdftools and every now and then, the modeline pops up, urging me to select the coding system (default raw text). I already set in my init file (setq utf-...
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Missing Code Page

I need a code translation page for a file containing Russian Cyrillic characters in an unknown format, not alternativnyj, not cyrillic-iso-8bit, not cyrillic-koi8, not ruscii. Cyrillic-iso-8bit comes ...
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Painfully slow encoding popup with “temp file” when creating new file

Around half the time (and I haven't established a solid repro that triggers it), opening a new file in emacs will trigger a big pause, then two windows appear: one showing *temp file* and one asking ...
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How to make emacs not crash when converting binary file to UTF-8

When I run revert-buffer-with-coding-system [RET] UTF-8 Emacs crashes. This is the file I'm trying to revert. \0 !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]^_`...
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How convert txt file to UTF-8 from Windows-1251?

Windows 10, Emacs 25. When I want to convert file from Windows-1251 to UTF-8 I use Notepad++. Before convert: convert: after convert: My question is: Is it possible this convert in Emacs?
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Using UTF8 encoding as default when writing emails

When I want to send an email I composed in Emacs, I press C-c C-c and am always presented with such an error message: These default coding systems were tried to encode text in the buffer `2015-02-...
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Set default coding system = UTF-8

Windows 10 (64 bit), Emacs 25.1 I want when I save any file to save them (by default) with coding system = UTF-8. So In my init.el I has : (prefer-coding-system 'utf-8) (set-default-coding-systems '...
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Problem with character encoding in Emacs 25

I am running Emacs 25 on Ubuntu 18.04. When I type accents, they display properly, but when I close and then reopen the file they appear like a backslash and then an octal number. This only happens ...
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My terminal emacs displays weird characters (\u2506) for unvisiable characters in buffers

I'm currently in a new environemnt, my emacs in terminal displays weird character in files, GUI Emacs works fine. I don't know how to express this, please see the following details: Text edition: #...
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org-babel results with accented characters

I have a problem with the output of org-babel code blocks when this output contains accented characters. For example, if I execute this code block: #+name: test_accented #+begin_src python :results ...
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Org-mode ellipsis arrow is not using my defined encoding (utf-8)

First, some info on my system/version: Windows 10 Emacs 26.1 (I'm new to Emacs, so let me know if there is more information I should provide) This is what is happening: The image above shows that ...
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How to have a buffer interpret C-m as an actual carriage return

I'm using the following elisp snippet in a dedicated buffer to track progress of a wget download. (with-current-buffer buf (setq proc (apply 'start-process "my-download" buf (list "wget" (...
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detect unprintable glyph (aka “no font available”) programmatically

Sometimes a font or a font at a special fontsize does not support a unicode glyph. Then a placeholder (box with character number) is printed, see screenshot with selected line: How can I ...
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How to delete ^M in the diffs of Magit?

I had an issue with a file that had inconsistent line ending. My file would show a ^M for every line ending. I ran into this article that shows how to get rid of the ^M character and set the buffer ...
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Pasting Text from Clipboard - why ^M instead of linebreaks?

I'm using some VBA scripts which copy Text in MS Outlook from an e-mail message and send it to the clipboard. If I then paste the clipboard content with Ctrl-Y in Emacs 24.5.1 in Windows 7, the ...
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R in ESS outputs UTF-8, which emacs renders raw

I find the question but no answer at Emacs ESS R - Message Content Encoding and Display Issue. In buffer *R*, the R process uses UTF-8 encoding for its output. However emacs does not decode that ...
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Emacs not show Cyrillic text (UTF-8)

Emacs 26.1, Windows 10 I open by Notedpad++ text file. Here result: As you can see the encoded is UTF-8. And as result Notepad++ success show Cyrillic. Nice. Now I open same file by Emacs: Why ...
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Opening file with emacsclientw, file name contains non-latin characters

My first post here about Emacs. I've spent days trying to figure out answer before posting here. I'm running Emacs 26.1 on Windows 10. The setup that I'd like to have is running a single instance of ...
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Getting no-conversion (nil) encoding each time when opening a file (which should be in utf-8)

I have a file which is encoded in utf-8. But for some reason, each time I open it in Emacs, I get no-conversion (nil) encoding, and all the non-ascii characters can't display correctly. If I run ...
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fix buffer invalid UTF-8 encoding characters by query/replace

When I copy text from web pages, there are some special characters like ', - etc (not UTF-8 encoding). As you can see in the following screenshot: I checked out some similar questions in this site: [...
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Wrong unicode glyphs in emacs?

I recently came across a python file "*.py" containing several prints consisting of unicode symbols. I noticed that several symbols are displayed with different glyphs in emacs than in another editor. ...
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Encoding issue for French text

My problem: With my Emacs 26.1 on my 10.13.6 Mac, I have a opened a third-party text file, and it turns out I have the wrong encoding set : the text is in French , and the accentuated characters are ...
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How to set default encoding to utf-8, and default line ending to linux style?

I use this piece of code to set the default line ending to linux-style \n ;; https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/EndOfLineTips (add-hook 'find-file-hook 'find-file-check-line-endings) (defun dos-file-...
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Greek typing & spell-checking with hunspell: encoding issue?

hunspell-checking Greek text I create in Emacs is not working. Notes: I am aware of this post: Spell check with multiple dictionaries Eventually, I want to use ispell with hunspell in Emacs, which ...
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Emacs doesn't let me exit without selecting a coding system

Sometimes to speed up of opening an emacs' eshell directly from terminal (in my case from MS DOS prompt), I do emacs -Q -f eshell. But when I try to exit emacs doesn't let it, unless I give some input ...
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copying into emacs from clipboard garbled

When I copy data from outside to my emacs, it is garbled (venv) tree ./scripts scripts ├── foo.sh ├── bar.sh ├── start.sh ├── stop.py However, when I paste this in emacs, I get this: (venv) tree ....
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Org links file name encoding issue

Inspired by John Kitchin's presentation of org-links features in Org-mode 9, I tried to implement a simple functionality for "file" links. Since I am working on several machines, I wanted the link ...
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How can I find non-displayable unicode characters in a buffer?

I mean these: I'd like to remove them, so I'm looking for a function which can find all these characters in the buffer which cannot be displayed properly with the current font and therefore show up ...
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Emacs ESS R - Message Content Encoding and Display Issue

I use Emacs ESS for doing some work in R. But somehow the help messages or content which is output of R process, is not printed correctly, most likely because of some encoding issue. (Screenshot ...
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Display glyphs instead of codepoints

I have a JSON file where Unicode characters are encoded as UTF-8 codepoints, example: \u05de instead of the Hebrew character Mem (מ). How could I get emacs to display glyphs instead of the codepoint ...
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Strange encodings in ORG mode with German umlaute

I have a few org files encoded in UTF-8. Everything works fine, also with German umlaute (ä, ö, ü, ß). These files I sync with Git between different PCs (mostly running Debian). When I synced one of ...
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How can I view accent characters natively?

In GUI emacs 25.3.1, I have a text file with octal character codes for accents. For example I have many \212 characters which are really Š characters. If I replace-string the occurrences, it shows ...
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Quail Rules UTF8 behaviour

I had inserted the following code in .emacs: (quail-define-package "LaTeX-UTF-8" "TeX" "TeX") (quail-defrule "α" ["\\alpha"]) what I want to do is the following: when I insert the character "α" (I ...
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Org tangle source blocks to a file with byte-order-mark (BOM) from org mode

Because Firefox doesn't load local files with UTF8 characters like '📞, …, 🖥' in the HTML or the CSS correctly, since it does not receive a <meta charset="utf8" /> header, I need to tangle ...
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How to display Unicode UTF-8 as Unicode?

I have some UTF-8-encoded text files which display strange escape codes in Emacs. For instance, this text: In ista quaestione primo exponam quid intelligendum est per hoc nomen ‘Deus’; secundo, ...
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File encoding differet when visiting the file again

I have this in my .emacs: (setq-default buffer-file-coding-system 'utf-8-unix) When I create a file in emacs and save it, it should be buffered and saved in utf-8-unix. When I open such a file ...
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Replace certain multibyte characters

In my markdown file (coming from a Windows computer on which I have no control), I have several multi-byte characters. Some text xx Some text yy Some text In emacs, they are displayed as \221 and \...
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How encode to UTF-8 content of buffer?

Windows 10, Emacs 25.1 When I open file that not encoding in UTF-8 I get the next incorrect result: I try by command set-buffe-file-coding-system but it not help. And here result: As you can see ...