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Old 05-03-2003, 05:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation utf8 causes network incompatibility


I have Mandrake 9.0 on my local server and 9.1 on another machine (earlier 9.0: worked great!) and I have a couple of Win machines connected to this network.
Installing 9.1 on the machine gave me couple of problems related to the default charset utf8 used in 9.1 (iocharset=iso8859-1, codepage=850 is used in 9.0 per default due to my swedish keybord and language settings).

Some examples:

1. In the local network:
If I mount my windows partions on my 9.0 server with iocharset=iso8859-1, my windows clients in the network can see all files (meaning also the ones with swedish characters). BUT on my 9.1 machine I can not see the swedish filenames (inspite of a correctly configured samba - the windows clients are fine!)
If I mount my windows partitions on my 9.0 server with iocharset=utf8, I can see the swedish file names on my 9.1 machine. BUT the windows clients only see "strange characters"
How can I both get to work?
2. Acrobat reader 5.0.5 can not work with the default charset utf8!!and crashes upon start, nor can Kghostview show files with swedish chracters, allthough Konqueror can!

It seems that Mandrake (and Red Hat) has released a "non-international" release. I guess that other, non-std character users, will have similar problems (I got this confirmed the other day from a finnish and german user)

I tried to implement a proposed solution from a group for acroread:
[ralf@L750 ralf]$ alias acrobat='LANG=C /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread'
[ralf@L750 ralf]$ acrobat
Warning: charset "UTF-8" not supported, using "ISO8859-1".
[ralf@L750 ralf]$

I have also tried to implement iocharset=iso8859-1 the /etc/fstab file on my 9.1 machine, without any success. I seem to be stuck with the strange utf8, which is not compatible with a combined linux-windows network nor some of mandrakes own applications (like Kghostview,...).

Is there anything in my /etc/sysconfig/i18n file that needs to be changed to get a windows-linux compatible network and to get to acroread (and others) working?:

[ralf@L750 ralf]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/i18n
[ralf@L750 ralf]$

I hope there is a solution for this. I have understand that there are A LOT of internatonal character user which have similar problems. If there is a solution, could this be "announced" somewhere?

Thanks for any help I (and all other international character users ) can get :-)

Old 05-05-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hi again.

I found out that (at least in my case....) the problem is due to the way I installed the system. I installed it with 2 languages, english, en_US and swedish. I now have re-installed the system (new install) with ONLY the swedish language and all problems are gone:
- no network problems any more - full compatibility between windows and linux
- no problems with acroread

It just works!

Recommendation: install only ONE language and if you want support for different languages in word processor programs, like OpenOffice or Koffice, you install the language versions for those programs. That's what I did and it works for me.


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