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Re: [Orgmode] Bug: org-mobile "Bad file encoding" [6.33trans]

From: Ben Alexander
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Bug: org-mobile "Bad file encoding" [6.33trans]
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 20:53:03 +0200

I added the following lines (to my ~/.emacs file), as suggested by Richard and they work immediately.

For what it's worth, I am running on Mac OS X 10.5.8 on an Intel MacBook, and I've had it for a few years and tweaked any number of little things. This may be a 'default' problem, but it might also be just because I've copied old customization buffers forward from other machines.

Thanks, Richard, for the tip, and thanks to all the rest of you for the org-mode community.


On 2009-Nov-23, at 02:37, Richard Moreland wrote:

Hi Ben,

I'm replying off-list because I'm not sure this is the answer, but:

(prefer-coding-system       'utf-8)
(set-default-coding-systems 'utf-8)
(set-terminal-coding-system 'utf-8)
(set-keyboard-coding-system 'utf-8)
(setq default-buffer-file-coding-system 'utf-8)

Between that mess of options, it seems that you be able to have your files default to UTF-8 (which is the encoding MobileOrg is looking for).

If this works for you, would please let the list know so the solution is archived? I'll also update the website with the appropriate details.


On Nov 22, 2009, at 3:20 PM, Ben Alexander wrote:

Thanks for org-mode and MobileOrg!  I'm very grateful for all the
helpful hints I've seen on the mailing list too.

I an have a small problem with MobileOrg.  After doing an
org-mobile-push and syncing the results to the iPod touch, the
agendas.org file doesn't appear on the iPod. Instead, it appears as if the only heading is "Bad file encoding" and the body text is "Unable to
detect file encoding, please re-save this file using the proper

At first I thought it was because I've got things like the
pounds-sterling, t-with-a-comma, a-with-breve, and i-with-circumflex
characters in my text (some of which contains Romanian, hence the
especially odd t-with-a-comma). But I'm pretty sure I've expunged those characters from my files, and anyway, the agendas.org file should only
contain the characters that my original org files contain.

So, I'm happy enough to use the proper encoding, but I don't know what that is, and I don't save the adgendas.org file myself: org-mobile- push
must do that on my behalf.

If it is relevant, I am using a 5dollarhosting.com website for my webdav server, not my local machine, so I don't have complete control over the
webserver configuration.

I'm stumped as to what I should try next. Any pointers will be

Ben Alexander


Emacs : GNU Emacs 22.3.1 (i386-apple-darwin9.7.0, Carbon Version 1.6.0)
of 2009-06-07 on scarlett.local - Aquamacs Distribution 1.8c
Package: Org-mode version 6.33trans

current state:
org-remember-default-headline "Remember Tasks"
org-todo-keyword-faces '(("PROJECT" :foreground "blue" :weight bold))
org-special-ctrl-a/e t
org-agenda-custom-commands '(("b" "Buy" tags #("+TODO=\"BUY\"" 0 11 (face org-warning)) nil) ("A" "Angella related questions" tags #("angella" 0 7 (face org-warning)) nil) ("u" "unscheduled" todo #("TODO|DEFER" 0 10 (face org-warning)) ((org-agenda-skip-function (lambda nil (org-agenda-skip-entry-if (quote scheduled) (quote deadline) (quote regexp) "<[^>\n]+>"))) (org-agenda-overriding-header "Unscheduled TODO entries: ") (org-agenda-sorting-strategy (quote (todo-state-up))))
org-agenda-files '("/Users/ben/Reference/GTD/Reference.org" "/Users/ ben/Reference/GTD/birthdays.org" "/Users/ben/Reference/GTD/ craiova.org" "/Users/ben/Reference/GTD/diary.org" "/Users/ben/ Reference/GTD/filetabs.org" "/Users/ben/Reference/GTD/projects.org")
org-agenda-include-diary t
org-agenda-window-setup 'current-window
org-hide-leading-stars t
org-completion-use-ido t
org-metaup-hook '(org-babel-load-in-session-maybe)
org-agenda-skip-timestamp-if-done t
org-after-todo-state-change-hook '(org-clock-out-if-current)
org-agenda-todo-ignore-scheduled t
org-odd-levels-only t
org-log-state-notes-insert-after-drawers t
org-special-ctrl-k t
org-agenda-sorting-strategy '((agenda time-up tag-up) (todo category-keep priority-down) (tags category-keep priority-down) (search category-keep))
org-deadline-warning-days 7
org-stuck-projects '("/PROJECT" ("TODO" "BUY") nil "")
org-export-preprocess-hook '(org-export-blocks-preprocess)
org-mobile-inbox-for-pull "~/Reference/GTD/from-mobile.org"
org-tab-first-hook '(org-babel-hide-result-toggle-maybe org-hide- block-toggle-maybe)
org-src-mode-hook '(org-src-mode-configure-edit-buffer)
org-cycle-global-at-bob t
org-confirm-shell-link-function 'yes-or-no-p
org-todo-keywords '((sequence "TODO(t)" "WAITING(w)" "DONE(d!)") (type "PROJECT(p)" "CLOSED(c!)") (sequence "BUY(b)" "BOUGHT(B!)"))
org-agenda-before-write-hook '(org-agenda-add-entry-text)
org-default-notes-file "~/Reference/GTD/projects.org"
org-directory "~/Reference/GTD/"
org-tag-alist '((:startgroup) (#("ben" 0 3 (face nil)) . 98) (#("angella" 0 7 (face nil)) . 97) (#("vendor" 0 6 (face nil)) . 118) (:endgroup) (:startgroup) (#("us" 0 2 (face nil)) . 117) (#("london" 0 6 (face nil)) . 108) (#("romania" 0 7 (face nil)) . 114) (:endgroup) (:startgroup) (#("@home" 0 5 (face org-todo)) . 104) (#("@phone" 0 6 (face nil)) . 112) (#("@out" 0 4 (face nil)) . 111) (#("@computer" 0 9 (face nil)) . 99) (:endgroup)) org-cycle-hook '(org-cycle-hide-archived-subtrees org-cycle-hide- drawers org-cycle-show-empty-lines org-optimize-window-after- visibility-change) org-publish-project-alist '((alexanderonline :base-directory "~/ alexanderonline.org" :publishing-directory "~/ alexanderonline.html" :table-of-contents nil)) org-mode-hook '((lambda nil (setq org-mouse-context-menu-function (quote org-mouse-context-menu)) (when (memq (quote context-menu) org-mouse-features) (define-key org-mouse-map (if (featurep (quote xemacs)) [button3] [mouse-3]) nil) (define-key org-mode-map [mouse-3] (quote org-mouse- show-context-menu))) (define-key org-mode-map [down-mouse-1] (quote org- mouse-down-mouse)) (when (memq (quote context-menu) org-mouse-features) (define-key org-mouse-map [C-drag-mouse-1] (quote org-mouse-move- tree)) (define-key org-mouse-map [C-down-mouse-1] (quote org-mouse-move-tree-start))) (when (memq (quote yank-link) org-mouse-features) (define-key org-mode-map [S-mouse-2] (quote org-mouse-yank-link)) (define-key org-mode-map [drag-mouse-3] (quote org- mouse-yank-link))) (when (memq (quote move-tree) org-mouse-features) (define-key org-mouse-map [drag-mouse-3] (quote org-mouse-move-tree)) (define-key org-mouse-map [down-mouse-3] (quote org- mouse-move-tree-start)))
              (when (memq (quote activate-stars) org-mouse-features)
(font-lock-add-keywords nil (\` (((\, outline- regexp) 0 (\` (face org-link mouse-face highlight keymap (\, org- mouse-map))) (quote prepend)))) t)) (when (memq (quote activate-bullets) org-mouse- features)
               (font-lock-add-keywords nil
(\` (("^[ ]*\\([-+*]\\|[0-9]+[.)]\\) +" (1 (\` (face org-link keymap (\, org-mouse-map) mouse-face highlight)) (quote prepend))))) t)
(when (memq (quote activate-checkboxes) org-mouse- features)
               (font-lock-add-keywords nil
(\` (("^[ ]*\\([-+*]\\|[0-9]+[.)]\\) +\\(\\[[ X]\\] \\)" (2 (\` (face bold keymap (\, org-mouse-map) mouse-face highlight)) t)))) t)
(defadvice org-open-at-point (around org-mouse-open- at-point activate)
               (let ((context (org-context)))
(cond ((assq :headline-stars context) (org-cycle)) ((assq :checkbox context) (org-toggle-checkbox)) ((assq :item-bullet context) (let ((org-cycle- include-plain-lists t)) (org-cycle))) (t ad-do-it))
(lambda nil (org-add-hook (quote change-major-mode- hook) (quote org-babel-show-result-all) (quote append) (quote local))) org-babel-result-hide-spec org-babel-hide-all-hashes #[nil "\300\301\302\303\304$ \207" [org-add-hook change-major-mode-hook org-show-block-all append local] 5])
org-agenda-ndays 1
org-refile-targets '((org-agenda-files :todo . "PROJECT") (nil :maxlevel . 2)) org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c-hook '(org-babel-hash-at-point org-babel-execute- src-block-maybe)
org-confirm-elisp-link-function 'yes-or-no-p
org-refile-use-outline-path t
org-agenda-mode-hook '((lambda nil (setq org-mouse-context-menu- function (quote org-mouse-agenda-context-menu)) (define-key org-agenda-mode-map (if (featurep (quote xemacs)) [button3] [mouse-3]) (quote org-mouse-show-context- menu)) (define-key org-agenda-mode-map [down-mouse-3] (quote org-mouse-move-tree-start)) (define-key org-agenda-mode-map (if (featurep (quote xemacs)) [(control mouse-4)] [C-mouse-4]) (quote org-agenda- earlier)) (define-key org-agenda-mode-map (if (featurep (quote xemacs)) [(control mouse-5)] [C-mouse-5]) (quote org-agenda- later))
                     (define-key org-agenda-mode-map [drag-mouse-3]
(quote (lambda (event) (interactive "e") (case (org-mouse-get-gesture event) (:left (org-agenda-earlier 1)) (:right (org-agenda-later 1))))))
org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil
org-agenda-todo-ignore-with-date t
org-agenda-skip-deadline-if-done t
org-reverse-note-order t
org-occur-hook '(org-first-headline-recenter)
org-from-is-user-regexp "\\<Ben Alexander\\>"
org-mobile-directory "/Volumes/alexanderonline.org"
org-export-with-section-numbers nil
org-tags-column -75
org-modules '(org-bbdb org-bibtex org-gnus org-id org-info org- jsinfo org-irc org-mac-message org-mhe org-rmail org-vm org-wl org- mouse org-annotate-file org-annotation-helper org-bookmark org-depend org-elisp- symbol org-eval org-expiry org-interactive-query org-mairix org-man org-panel org-registry) org-remember-templates '(("Todo today" 116 "*** TODO %?\n SCHEDULED: %t\n" nil nil nil) ("Buy" 98 "*** BUY %? :@out: \n" nil "Shopping List" nil) ("Phone" 112 "*** TODO Call %? :@phone :\n" nil nil nil) ("Do deferred" 100 "*** PROJECT %? :@out :" nil nil (org-mode org-agenda-mode)))
org-metadown-hook '(org-babel-pop-to-session-maybe)

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