Re: Filesystem Encoding

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Jul 10 2002 - 11:20:10 EDT

Shlomi Tal <shlompi at hotmail dot com> wrote:

> In short: should I still stick to ASCII alone in filenames, or are
> there filesystems where I really don't have to anymore? Thanks in
> advance.

Not sure if this is relevant to your specific case, bit I still use the
command prompt ("MS-DOS Prompt") a lot, and the interoperability issues
between CP 1252 or Unicode in the GUI world vs. CP 437 in the
command-prompt world have discouraged me from using non-ASCII characters
in file and directory names.

I know that in Windows 2000, I can change the command-prompt code page
to 1252 or even UTF-8. But since many command-line applications assume
437 or 850, and others (like PKZIP Command-Line for Windows, not even a
DOS program) aren't sure which to use, that solution kind of gives with
the right hand and takes away with the left.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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