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[vile] How to convert \?nn strings to characters?

From: Chris G
Subject: [vile] How to convert \?nn strings to characters?
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 17:55:46 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

I have a number of files created a long time ago which have 'extended
ASCII' characters in them which are encoded in a way that vile doesn't
understand (at least the way I have it set up it doesn't).

They appear as follows in vile and xvile:-

    \?B1       \?B9      \?A1

the four character sequence above is what vile/xvile shows for a single byte
of my files.  Is there any way I can get vile/xvile to recognise and display
these characters and/or a way to get the files saved in a more currently 
encoding.  All my current systems use a UTF-8 locale. 

Chris Green

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