On 16/02/07, Aine Douglas <aine.douglas at gmail.com> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a commandline text editor that is capable of
> editing unicode text files?
vi? Or sed?
> I've got some webpages to edit which contain chinese script, and when
> I open them in vi i get long strings of @@@@@^^^???@@ etc, and its a
> pain downloading them for really small edits.
How the things are displayed on-screen may depend on your fonts
available and terminal and locale settings. Or possibly on which
version of vi you have available.
There's a 15 kB utf-8 file available at
which you may be able to use for testing.
Using the vi I have here, it displays as a series of characters like
but the ascii parts are visible (and searchable, and editable) and
when I make changes, it displays as expected (using cat or less in a
All you're doing is adjusting a byte stream, and so long as your
editor knows to only add ascii characters, it should Just Work.
Unless you're trying to add non-ascii characters, in which case it has
to know to use the right encoding of unicode -- utf-8, utf-16, or
whatever the rest of the file is. That's something you'll have to tell
the editor by some external means, probably locale.
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