Convert file from UTF8 (no BOM) to UTF16 (with BOM)

recode UTF8..UTF-16LE linux-utf8-file.txt
Convert file from the UTF8 encoding used on Linux (has no "EF BB BF" byte order mark at the start) to the UTF-16 encoding used on Windows (has an "FF FE" byte order mark at the start). Thanks to commenter: previous iconv command was the obsolete way to do it.

By: greppo
2009-06-04 08:53:51

What Others Think

That seems overly complicated. I prefer recode: recode utf8..utf16 <in.txt >out.txt That command does the same, producing UTF16 with BOM in big-endian byte order. If you need little-endian byte order, simply append "/s" (meaning "swap bytes"): recode utf8..utf16/s <in.txt >out.txt
inof · 676 weeks ago

What do you think?

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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