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Batch convert files to utf-8

Terminal - Batch convert files to utf-8
find . -name "*.php" -exec iconv -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF-8 {} -o ../newdir_utf8/{} \;
2009-02-12 13:07:54
User: afinzel
Functions: find iconv
Batch convert files to utf-8


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I'm shocked Finzel, you mean to tell me they weren't in UTF-8 format to start with! You haven't been using that other OS again have you?

Comment by xiris 389 weeks and 2 days ago

Have a look at fslint which will report which are not in UTF8 and allow you to selectively convert them: http://www.pixelbeat.org/fslint/

Comment by pixelbeat 389 weeks and 2 days ago

Eep I didn't actually add that to the GUI. The detection script is here:


Comment by pixelbeat 389 weeks and 2 days ago

sorry. i?m new one in linux command. But this command get the same result with the same name. no ?!

Comment by FabianHutch 24 weeks and 2 days ago

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