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Re: how do i reset text coding?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: how do i reset text coding?
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2023 14:55:12 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13)

> On your first screenshot, the mode line shows ‘=’ instead of a ‘U’.
> (info "(emacs) Mode Line") explains:
>     ‘=’ means no conversion
>     whatsoever, and is usually used for files containing non-textual data.
> so that’s your issue: somehow, for that buffer, encoding is not set
> correctly. (I don’t know why and where to look, so I will leave it to
> others to help you diagnose it.)

My guess is that there's a NUL byte in the file.

I use (setq inhibit-null-byte-detection t) in my ~/.emacs because I've
been bitten by those NUL bytes too many times.


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