Bug 3901 - iconv -f emacs-mule
Summary: iconv -f emacs-mule
Alias: None
Product: glibc
Classification: Unclassified
Component: localedata (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
: P2 enhancement
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: GNU C Library Locale Maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-01-22 14:08 UTC by Aurelien Jarno
Modified: 2007-02-17 07:17 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Host: i686-pc-linux-gnu
Target: i686-pc-linux-gnu
Build: i686-pc-linux-gnu
Last reconfirmed:


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Description Aurelien Jarno 2007-01-22 14:08:10 UTC
From debian bug #398270

It would be very helpful if one could do
$ iconv -f emacs-mule -t utf8 file
as one way or another, an emacs buffer sometimes gets saved in mule
encoding -- one cannot guarantee it will never happen, and the person
later who discovers the file has been saved that way might not have,
be able to use, or understand the documents of emacs.

One would like to not need a Ph. D. to turn
back into

Actually one way of rescuing the file would be to put -*-Coding:
emacs-mule-*- at the top, possibly with ed(1), before opening it with
emacs. Actually emacs should auto-detect the coding system, but
sometimes there is a byte of garbage so emacs guesses wrong.

Then one can copy and paste the region into a already open other utf-8
file, unless one understands the mule menus.

Anyway, it would still be good to have it in iconv.
Comment 1 Ulrich Drepper 2007-02-17 07:17:09 UTC
iconv is not a catch-all for encodings.  This is what recode is for and recode
already has mule support.