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Old 07-17-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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how to set default mount codepage for vfat partition as utf8

The default mount codepage for vfat partition seems to be iso-8859-1, which is not OK for non-English languages. Other than recompilation of kernel, could I set the default mount codepage to utf8 somewhere, so that under xfce thunar, I could mount my vfat format usb disk correctly without wrong encoded ???? file names? I know I could set it in /etc/fstab, but it is not generic enough for different usb drives.
Old 07-17-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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Besides changing /etc/fstab you can of course recompile your kernel with that option set (File systems --> DOS/FAT/NT Filesystems --> VFAT support --> Default codepage for FAT).
I could imagine there is some way to do it with a HAL policy. After looking at this bug I think it would not be worth the work: You would have to patch and recompile xfce4. Changing one option in your kernel config and recompiling the kernel takes less time.


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