Re: UTF8 file transfer and interoperability problem

From: Frank da Cruz (
Date: Fri Jun 07 2002 - 15:23:54 EDT

> I'd like to know how file transfer works, for filenames encoded in UTF8,
> using FTP... So what happens when Windows receive the UTF8
> filenames via file transfer from a Linux/Unix machine?
I don't know how it works using standard Windows and Linux tools, but I know
how it works using the Kermit FTP clients for Windows and Linux:

These clients handle character-set conversion for both the file contents
("ascii" transfers only, not binary of course) and the file name, as
described in detail here:

Of course the capabilities described there apply only the Kermit client.
What the server does depends on the server (we make only clients, not

Btw, in case it's not clear: when I say FTP, I mean the Internet File
Transfer Protocol (RFC959 et seq), not Kermit protocol.

- Frank

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