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bug #38888: [Request] add the ability to handle UTF-16 encoded files

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Sat 04 May 2013 05:38:05 PM UTC  
Severity:  1 - Wish Status:  Wont Fix
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed

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Fri 24 Feb 2017 12:12:25 PM UTC, comment #4:

Meanwhile nano's source code has been streamlined by using some knowledge of UTF-8. Making it work for UTF-16 too will be too hard. The only possibility would be to convert UTF-16 to UTF-8 upon reading and saving a file. But you could probably make a little script, say n16.sh, that does the conversion before feeding it to nano, and converting the result back.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Mon 02 Sep 2013 10:38:17 PM UTC, comment #3:

My apologies, but I have not had the time to get a fix for this to work. I'm not going to be doing any more work on nano for the time being.

Bob Hogg <rwhogg>
Tue 18 Jun 2013 12:38:11 PM UTC, comment #2:

Based on a cursory source code reading, it appears that nano only specifically supports UTF-8. However, adding support for UTF-16 might not be too difficult. I'll try and add support for it myself over the next few weeks, and if it works I can send you a patch or something. No promises that I'll be able to get it to work though.

Bob Hogg <rwhogg>
Sat 04 May 2013 05:40:02 PM UTC, comment #1:

This is for nano 2.2.6.

Sat 04 May 2013 05:38:05 PM UTC, original submission:

Nano can't read UTF-16 encoded files, shows garbage. Such a file is attached to this bug report.



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file #28017:  local_settings.txt added by None (3KiB - text/plain)


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    Follow 6 latest changes.

    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2017-02-24 bens StatusNone => Wont Fix
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2015-04-24 bens Severity3 - Normal => 1 - Wish
        Summarycan\'t read UTF-16 encoded files => [Request] add the ability to handle UTF-16 encoded files
    2014-02-19 dennisd Carbon-Copy- => Added dennisd
    2013-05-04 None Attached File- => Added local_settings.txt, #28017

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