Tobbe Tobbe - 4 months ago 38
Git Question

Make git diff show UTF8 encoded characters properly

I have a file with Swedish characters in it (åäö) encoded with UTF8.

If I

cat
the file it displays fine, but if I do
git diff
the special characters are printed, for example, as <F6>.

Example
git diff
output:

- name: 'Magler<F6>d, S<F6>der<E5>sen',


What I wanted to see:

- name: 'Magleröd, Söderåsen',


I found another question related to git and encoding problems: git, msysgit, accents, utf-8, the definitive answers
It says all problems should be fixed in git version 1.7.10. I have version 1.8.1.2

What can I do to make git diff properly display åäö?

Answer

@matt and @twalberg were correct. The file wasn't actually UTF-8 encoded. Trying to figure this out wasn't helped by the fact that my terminal (hterm) can't input åäö properly (but it can display and copy/paste them)...

iconv -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF-8 in.txt > out_utf-8.txt

solved my issue

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