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Old 05-06-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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squirrelmail and non-standard languages (hebrew)

I have an courier/postfix server running on ubuntu dapper drake.
I've come across a problem regarding squirrelmail, which is my webmail client.

When i try sending text-only hebrew emails via squirrelmail it's received on the other end as a bunch of gibberish.

This, I suppose is due to some lack of language support on squirrelmail side, cause when i send emails through other clients (like thunderbird) the encoding is just fine.

Maybe If i could send emails in html form, it would come out ok, but I'm not sure squirrelmail even supports it..

Any Ideas, anyone?
Old 03-21-2017, 06:42 AM   #2
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Run /usr/sbin/squirrelmail-configure as root to configure/upgrade config.
Choose "Languages" from the menu and change the default char set to utf-8

Save your data.

(I know, this comes 12 years too late, but...)
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Originally Posted by Hersh R View Post
[...] change the default char set to utf-8 [...]

(I know, this comes 12 years too late, but...)
Yes, but this sort of issue comes up constantly.

If text "comes up gibberish," it is always because(!) the client does not know the proper "character encoding." If the client believes that the data is ASCII, it will not look for the multi-byte (probably, but not necessarily, Unicode) characters. It will print everything as ASCII, one byte at a time, equals gibberish. The client does not take it upon itself to "figure out" what the encoding is: it must somehow be told.

(Note: Some commands, such as file, do undertake to "make an intelligent guess" as to how a file might be encoded. But it is infeasible to expect the client to rely upon such guesses. After all, it might be dead-wrong.)

UTF-8 is a very commonly-used encoding format that is efficient when many of the characters-of-interest are ASCII. Another variation, UTF-16, is more memory-efficient when you know that most of the characters of interest are not going to be ASCII. Both of them fundamentally consist of a way to represent (Unicode) characters using a varying number of bytes each. And yet, while the UTF schemes have gained much traction, there are other character-sets (e.g. EBCDIC) and character-encoding schemes in common use.

This StackOverflow post provides almost anything you could want to know about the subject.

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