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Re: [Nmh-workers] mhshow: unable to convert character set to utf-8, cont

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mhshow: unable to convert character set to utf-8, continuing...
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:07:02 -0400

>Then, is not my original query:
>      I'm wondering if that message could give more detail. Perhaps, the
>      number of characters that can't be converted and, if there aren't too
>      many, their location and description?

Yes.  Although ... personally, my gut feeling is that the character conversion
should silently substitute a replacement character, like pretty much every
other MUA out there.  But there is not universal agreement on this.  And
believe me, if you don't like long explanations, you DON'T want to get
in the middle of that.


This means the character set you've indicated to the operating system that
you support is US-ASCII only, which explains why you're having a hard
time viewing anything with 8-bit characters.

I don't want to get into a huge tortured discussion about
internationaliation settings (because I know how you feel about that), but
I was under the impression that pretty much all versions of Linux nowadays
support all sorts of character sets.  You might consider switching character
sets; it would make dealing with internationalized email much easier.


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