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# 1  
Old 01-12-2011
How to find the file encoding and updating the file encoding?

Hi,
I am beginner to Unix.
My requirement is to validate the encoding used in the incoming file(csv,txt).If it is encoded with UTF-8 format,then the file should remain as such otherwise i need to chnage the encoding to UTF-8.
Please advice me how to proceed on this.
# 2  
Old 01-19-2011
Hi,
Any suggestion for the above question.
# 3  
Old 01-19-2011
You have not said what platform you are on. There are different utilities on different platforms which can help you. For example, Solaris has the auto_ef (Auto Encoding Finder) utility which does what you are want. On GNU/Linux the file utility provides this information.
# 4  
Old 01-19-2011
I need it for AIX platform.
# 5  
Old 01-19-2011
On AIX you probably want to be using iconv

Code:
iconv -f IBM-930 -t UTF-8 infile > newfile

I doubt you can automate the detection of the encoding used on files it it's not specified somehow in the files themselves. Try playing around with AIX file -i and see what it thinks of your input files.

Last edited by Chubler_XL; 05-26-2011 at 12:02 AM.. Reason: Fixed typo in code (iconv not iconf)
# 6  
Old 05-25-2011
can some one tell how to do same think in hp-ux
# 7  
Old 05-26-2011
I think iconv is available on hp-ux too.

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