Strange file names

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at
Thu Dec 14 20:38:01 UTC 2006

On Thursday 14 December 2006 12:07 pm, Renaud (Ron) Olgiati wrote:

> Would this be kept somewhere in my /etc/ directory ? (I keep a copy of /etc
> in /home/etc, can be a great help after upgrading or reinstalling the OS)

Good question.  So do I.

Looks like maybe /etc/environment ?  (My old /etc is from Debian though.)

That doesn't have the encoding, but it does show my old locale:


My new Kubuntu one shows:


So I think this may be it.  That won't tell you what ISO-XXXXX encoding you 
used to use, but you can probably extrapolate from there.

In any event, it was probably iso-8859-15 which is the newer version of 
Latin-1 that includes the € symbol.

Pure speculation, but it's a fairly good guess.  If it isn't 8859-15, it's 
probably 8859-1, and I expect the difference between these two encodings 
would not affect your outcome either way.

I'd test in a small area if possible though.  Remembering always that I am an 
American, and the symbols for French and Spanish have always worked without 
my having to investigate and learn anything in particular, so I only barely 
have any clue what I'm going on about here.

D. Michael McIntyre 

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