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

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: [vile] How to convert \?nn strings to characters?
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 16:47:14 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 1 Nov 2010, Chris G wrote:

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.

If your system has the corresponding 8-bit locale installed, then

:setl fk=8bit

for the given buffer should should the characters as you intended.

For _saving_ in a different encoding... vile doesn't really do
that (recode can do it).

Thomas E. Dickey

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