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Re: utf-8' chars from Winxp machine may be problem related (was Re: xfs

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Subject: Re: utf-8' chars from Winxp machine may be problem related (was Re: xfs file system in process of becoming corrupt; though xfs_repair...)
From: Stan Hoeppner <stan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2010 18:40:21 -0500
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Linda A. Walsh put forth on 7/7/2010 4:40 PM:

> So yup...foreign char delight.
> I can easily image most or all of these having been imported from my
> winXP machine at
> one point -- as I only recently started using Win7.  -- and many of the
> troublsome japanese
> filenames were 'downloaded japanese anime-related stuff' that I did on
> my old
> XP machine -- which I used as a download client while I did work on my
> Win7 machine...
> That gave a huge influx of foreign names from a WinXP machine.  That
> could be what
> made the problem jump out so noticeable -- before it was only maybe
> 20-30 files out of about a million or more.  But in the new batch it was
> hundreds out of several thousand, so
> they stand out alot more.

I run into a similar problem frequently when saving downloads to my XFS samba
shares via a Windows client.  I don't recall ever seeing XFS corruption, but I
do have problems manipulating these file names through bash.  Quite often I
end up having to rename the files through Windows Explorer to something bash
can handle.  That usually fixes the problem--not always, but usually.

Just for comparison, I'm running:

Debian stable (Lenny 5.0.4)
rolled from kernel.org, XFS in kernel not as module
xfsprogs:  2.9.8-1lenny1
bash:      3.2-4
samba:     3.2.5-4lenny9
W2K and XP Pro clients

As I've never seriously dealt with character encoding issues (i.e. changed
anything related in Debian), I don't even know where/how to find my servers
default character encoding.  Google isn't being very friendly here.  I'm using
whatever character encoding is the default for US English Debian Lenny.


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