Detect encoding of a text file

file -i <textfile>
This command gives you the charset of a text file, which would be handy if you have no idea of the encoding.
Sample Output
file -i data.sql
data.sql: text/x-c charset=iso-8859-1

By: juvenn
2009-09-08 01:33:19

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What Others Think

this command get the wrong charset from time to time.For example when I create a text file encoded with GBK (an charset for simplified Chinese) and test it with file command , it gets iso-8859-1,which is encoding for western text. I found this problem when I try to code a shell scripts for converting the charset of a text file without knowing the current charset in advance. Maybe we should try enca.
digglife · 557 weeks and 6 days 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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