PS: Re: "iconv: illegal input sequence" in VM
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephenjturnbull at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 01:08:02 EDT 2012
On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 2:42 AM, Charles G Waldman <cgw at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> $ iconv -f utf-8 -t iso-8859-1 ~/Mail/INBOX
> also results in the:
> "iconv: illegal input sequence at position xxxx"
> so there's really some invalid characters in the input, I'll have to
> try to understand how they are getting in there (again, this seems to
> happen with mail that people are sending from IPhones). The actual
> bytes are: e2 80 a2
Sure. That's U+2022 (if I've done the math right, but it's close
enough:-), obviously out of the ISO 8859/1 range. That is,
the problem is not that it's illegal UTF-8. It's that it is illegal
to convert it to ISO 8859/1.
> (the double-quote before "test" is displaying correclty as a bullet in
> the terminal,but turns into a double-quote when I copy/paste to
This I don't yet understand, I'll try to look at it in the next
couple of days.
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