Convert file type to unix utf-8

ex some_file "+set ff=unix fileencoding=utf-8" "+x"
converts encoding of a file to unix utf-8 useful for data files that contain what would be usable ascii text but are encoded as mpeg or some other encoding that prevents you from doing common manipulations like 'sed'
Sample Output
[root@gaslight WAP_EMI_scans]# file datafile1.csv
datafile1.csv: MPEG ADTS, layer I, v1, 160 kBits, 32 kHz, Stereo
[root@gaslight WAP_EMI_scans]# ex datafile1.csv "+set ff=unix fileencoding=utf-8" "+x"
[root@gaslight WAP_EMI_scans]# file datafile1.csv
datafile1.csv: Unicode text, UTF-8

By: nottings
2009-02-19 16:23:21

What Others Think

I think this is awsome! It worked where nothing else worked, Only one thing, some windows weired characters failed it on one single file with the following error: E513: write error, conversion failed (make 'fenc' empty to override) Breaking it's no-interupt mode.
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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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