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       convmv - converts filenames from one encoding to another


       convmv [options] FILE(S) ... DIRECTORY(S)


       -f ENCODING
           specify the current encoding of the filename(s) from which should be converted

       -t ENCODING
           specify the encoding to which the filename(s) should be converted

       -i  interactive mode (ask y/n for each action)

       -r  recursively go through directories

           target files will be normalization form C for UTF-8 (Linux etc.)

           target files will be normalization form D for UTF-8 (OS X etc.).

       --qfrom , --qto
           be more quiet about the "from" or "to" of a rename (if it screws up your terminal
           e.g.). This will in fact do nothing else than replace any non-ASCII character
           (bytewise) with ? and any control character with * on printout, this does not affect
           rename operation itself.

       --exec command
           execute the given command. You have to quote the command and #1 will be substituted by
           the old, #2 by the new filename. Using this option link targets will stay untouched.


           convmv -f latin1 -t utf-8 -r --exec "echo #1 should be renamed to #2" path/to/files

           list all available encodings. To get support for more Chinese or Japanese encodings
           install the Perl HanExtra or JIS2K Encode packages.

           keep memory footprint low by not creating a hash of all files. This disables checking
           if symlink targets are in subtree. Symlink target pointers will be converted
           regardlessly. If you convert multiple hundredthousands or millions of files the memory
           usage of convmv might grow quite high. This option would help you out in that case.

           by default convmv will detect if a filename is already UTF8 encoded and will skip this
           file if conversion from some charset to UTF8 should be performed.  "--nosmart" will
           also force conversion to UTF-8 for such files, which might result in "double encoded
           UTF-8" (see section below).

           using the "--fixdouble" option convmv does only convert files which will still be
           UTF-8 encoded after conversion. That's useful for fixing double-encoded UTF-8 files.
           All files which are not UTF-8 or will not result in UTF-8 after conversion will not be
           touched. Also see chapter "How to undo double UTF-8 ..."  below.

           Needed to actually rename the files. By default convmv will just print what it wants
           to do.

           This is an advanced option that people who want to write a GUI front end will find
           useful (some others maybe, too). It will convmv make print out what it would do in an
           easy parsable way. The first column contains the action or some kind of information,
           the second column mostly contains the file that is to be modified and if appropriate
           the third column contains the modified value.  Each column is separated by \0\n
           (nullbyte newline). Each row (one action) is separated by \0\0\n (nullbyte nullbyte

           modifying filenames usually causes the parent directory's mtime being updated.  Since
           version 2 convmv by default resets the mtime to the old value. If your filesystem
           supports sub-second resolution the sub-second part of the atime and mtime will be lost
           as Perl does not yet support that. With this option you can disable the preservation
           of the mtimes.

           if the file to which shall be renamed already exists, it will be overwritten if the
           other file content is equal.

           this option will remove this ugly % hex sequences from filenames and turn them into
           (hopefully) nicer 8-bit characters. After --unescape you might want to do a charset
           conversion. This sequences like %20 etc. are sometimes produced when downloading via
           http or ftp.

       --upper , --lower
           turn filenames into all upper or all lower case. When the file is not ASCII-encoded,
           convmv expects a charset to be entered via the -f switch.

           apply some custom character mappings, currently supported are:

           ntfs-sfm(-undo), ntfs-sfu(-undo) for the mapping of illegal ntfs characters for Linux
           or Macintosh cifs clients (see MS KB 117258 also mapchars mount option of mount.cifs
           on Linux).

           ntfs-pretty(-undo) for for the mapping of illegal ntfs characters to pretty legal
           Japanese versions of them.

           See the map_get_newname() function how to easily add own mappings if needed.  Let me
           know if you think convmv is missing some useful mapping here.

           care about the dotless i/I issue. A lowercase version of "I" will also be dotless
           while an uppercase version of "i" will also be dotted. This is an issue for Turkish
           and Azeri.

           By the way: The superscript dot of the letter i was added in the Middle Ages to
           distinguish the letter (in manuscripts) from adjacent vertical strokes in such letters
           as u, m, and n. J is a variant form of i which emerged at this time and subsequently
           became a separate letter.

           print a short summary of available options

           print a list of all available options


       convmv is meant to help convert a single filename, a directory tree and the contained
       files or a whole filesystem into a different encoding. It just converts the filenames, not
       the content of the files. A special feature of convmv is that it also takes care of
       symlinks, also converts the symlink target pointer in case the symlink target is being
       converted, too.

       All this comes in very handy when one wants to switch over from old 8-bit locales to UTF-8
       locales. It is also possible to convert directories to UTF-8 which are already partly
       UTF-8 encoded. convmv is able to detect if certain files are UTF-8 encoded and will skip
       them by default. To turn this smartness off use the "--nosmart" switch.

   Filesystem issues
       Almost all POSIX filesystems do not care about how filenames are encoded, here are some

       HFS+ on OS X / Darwin

       Linux and (most?) other Unix-like operating systems use the so called normalization form C
       (NFC) for its UTF-8 encoding by default but do not enforce this.  Darwin, the base of the
       Macintosh OS enforces normalization form D (NFD), where a few characters are encoded in a
       different way. On OS X it's not possible to create NFC UTF-8 filenames because this is
       prevented at filesystem layer.  On HFS+ filenames are internally stored in UTF-16 and when
       converted back to UTF-8, for the underlying BSD system to be handable, NFD is created.
       See for defails. I think it was a very
       bad idea and breaks many things under OS X which expect a normal POSIX conforming system.
       Anywhere else convmv is able to convert files from NFC to NFD or vice versa which makes
       interoperability with such systems a lot easier.


       If people mount JFS partitions with iocharset=utf8, there is a similar problem, because
       JFS is designed to store filenames internally in UTF-16, too; that is because Linux' JFS
       is really JFS2, which was a rewrite of JFS for OS/2. JFS partitions should always be
       mounted with iocharset=iso8859-1, which is also the default with recent 2.6.6 kernels. If
       this is not done, JFS does not behave like a POSIX filesystem and it might happen that
       certain files cannot be created at all, for example filenames in ISO-8859-1 encoding. Only
       when interoperation with OS/2 is needed iocharset should be set according to your used
       locale charmap.


       Despite other POSIX filesystems RFC3530 (NFS 4) mandates UTF-8 but also says: "The
       nfs4_cs_prep profile does not specify a normalization form.  A later revision of this
       specification may specify a particular normalization form." In other words, if you want to
       use NFS4 you might find the conversion and normalization features of convmv quite useful.

       FAT/VFAT and NTFS

       NTFS and VFAT (for long filenames) use UTF-16 internally to store filenames.  You should
       not need to convert filenames if you mount one of those filesystems.  Use appropriate
       mount options instead!

   How to undo double UTF-8 (or other) encoded filenames
       Sometimes it might happen that you "double-encoded" certain filenames, for example the
       file names already were UTF-8 encoded and you accidently did another conversion from some
       charset to UTF-8. You can simply undo that by converting that the other way round. The
       from-charset has to be UTF-8 and the to-charset has to be the from-charset you previously
       accidently used.  If you use the "--fixdouble" option convmv will make sure that only
       files will be processed that will still be UTF-8 encoded after conversion and it will
       leave non-UTF-8 files untouched. You should check to get the correct results by doing the
       conversion without "--notest" before, also the "--qfrom" option might be helpful, because
       the double utf-8 file names might screw up your terminal if they are being printed - they
       often contain control sequences which do funny things with your terminal window. If you
       are not sure about the charset which was accidently converted from, using "--qfrom" is a
       good way to fiddle out the required encoding without destroying the file names finally.

   How to repair Samba files
       When in the smb.conf (of Samba 2.x) there hasn't been set a correct "character set"
       variable, files which are created from Win* clients are being created in the client's
       codepage, e.g. cp850 for western european languages. As a result of that the files which
       contain non-ASCII characters are screwed up if you "ls" them on the Unix server. If you
       change the "character set" variable afterwards to iso8859-1, newly created files are okay,
       but the old files are still screwed up in the Windows encoding. In this case convmv can
       also be used to convert the old Samba-shared files from cp850 to iso8859-1.

       By the way: Samba 3.x finally maps to UTF-8 filenames by default, so also when you migrate
       from Samba 2 to Samba 3 you might have to convert your file names.

   Netatalk interoperability issues
       When Netatalk is being switched to UTF-8 which is supported in version 2 then it is NOT
       sufficient to rename the file names. There needs to be done more. See and the
       uniconv utility of Netatalk for details.


       locale(1) utf-8(7) charsets(7)


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       Bjoern JACKE

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