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different distro [was: Re: garbage chars when pasting French chars into

From: ken
Subject: different distro [was: Re: garbage chars when pasting French chars into emacs]
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 13:01:44 -0500
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On 02/03/2012 02:31 AM Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:00:37 -0500
From: ken <address@hidden>


Select one of the following safe coding systems:
   iso-2022-jp-2 x-ctext iso-2022-7bit raw-text emacs-mule no-conversion
   ctext-no-compositions iso-2022-8bit-ss2 iso-2022-7bit-lock
   iso-2022-7bit-ss2 tibetan-iso-8bit-with-esc thai-tis620-with-esc
   lao-with-esc korean-iso-8bit-with-esc hebrew-iso-8bit-with-esc
   greek-iso-8bit-with-esc iso-latin-9-with-esc iso-latin-8-with-esc
   iso-latin-5-with-esc iso-latin-4-with-esc iso-latin-3-with-esc
   iso-latin-2-with-esc iso-latin-1-with-esc
   in-is13194-devanagari-with-esc cyrillic-iso-8bit-with-esc
   chinese-iso-8bit-with-esc japanese-iso-8bit-with-esc

Entering "utf-8" into the minibuffer, of course, doesn't work. Frankly, I'd like to save into utf-8

You can't, not with Emacs 21.  In that version, the same character in
different character sets was treated as 2 different characters.  Also,
the mule-utf-8 character set didn't include the Latin-1 characters.

The only suggestion I have is to try iso-latin-1-with-esc (you will
see above that this is one of the possibilities suggested by Emacs),
it should at least produce a Latin-1 encoded file, which will be
easier on you later.

You really need to upgrade your Emacs, if you want to use UTF-8.

Thanks, Eli, for all the good advice.

I was using v.22 previously, but was hoping to stay with the standard (CentOS/Red Hat) distribution. This situation and your insight have convinced me I've got to use a more recent emacs. I'm thinking now of doing an edgier distro, some rpm/yum based thing like Fedora. Suggestions appreciated.

Thanks again to all for the great tips.

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