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[VM] Using VM for 19 years, still can't solve "iconv: (stdin):21:31: can

From: edburns
Subject: [VM] Using VM for 19 years, still can't solve "iconv: (stdin):21:31: cannot convert"
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:19:56 -0700 (PDT)
User-agent: G2/1.0

Hello VM users,

I don't know how many of us there are left, but I've stubbornly been
using VM for at least nineteen years and I'm still mostly satisfied.
One problem I can no longer passively tolerate is this "iconv:
(stdin):21:31: cannot convert".

Certain mails are unable to render completely due to some special
characters.  In these cases, the INBOX Presentation buffer abruptly
terminates with that iconv message.

Can anyone please help?  I can share a complete anonymized email if
necessary, just let me send it to you in email.  In the absence of that,
here is my stack:

Os: SunOS foo 5.10 Generic_144489-05 i86pc i386 i86pc
Emacs: 21.4 (patch 22) \"Instant Classic\" XEmacs Lucid
vm: 8.0.12-devo-585
iconv:  iconv --version
iconv (GNU libiconv 1.13)
Copyright (C) 2000-2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
Written by Bruno Haible.

Somewhere along the line I picked up this:

;Message-ID: address@hidden

(setq vm-mime-charset-converter-alist
        ("utf-8" "iso-8859-1" "iconv -f utf-8 -t iso-8859-1")
        ("windows-1252" "iso-8859-1" "iconv -f utf-8 -t iso-8859-1")

in a previous attempt to fix this difficult problem.

I was going to paste an excerpt of the mail, but it can't even paste the
special characters but they show up as similar to


replacing the all caps in parenthesis with the actual character, unicode

Any help on this would be much appreciated.

Ed Burns

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