[Development] The life of a file name and other possibly mal-encoded strings on non-Windows systems

Thiago Macieira thiago.macieira at intel.com
Thu Oct 9 09:29:06 CEST 2014

On Thursday 09 October 2014 02:46:49 Kuba Ober wrote:
> The problem manifests itself almost anytime you plug in a small USB memory
> stick that has localized file names on FAT-16 into any Unix system

You mean a pre-Windows 95 floppy? Are you sure you have a floppy drive?

Everything since Windows 95 should be using VFAT, which means the file names 
are stored in UTF-16. There's no guessing. It's just plain system 
misconfiguration if you don't get it right.

Thiago Macieira - thiago.macieira (AT) intel.com
  Software Architect - Intel Open Source Technology Center

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