Changing encoding in Dolphin

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Fri Jan 25 16:29:10 GMT 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 24/01/2008, James Richard Tyrer <tyrerj at> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>>> How does one change the encoding in Dolphin? I do not see that option
>>> in any of the menus. Dolphin is displaying the filenames of my SD card
>>> in the wrong encoding and I need to change that.
>> IIUC, your file names in your SD card are screwed.
> No, they are not. They display fine on the phone and on windows
> machines that I connect the card+reader to.

I meant that they are screwed in Linux.

>> There isn't a way to set the encoding in Dolphin.  The setting in
>> Konqueror is for the default encoding for web pages and wouldn't fix this.
>> This is an issue and you might want to file a bug report since there
>> isn't, AFAIK, a way to change the encoding for removable media on the
>> fly in the KDE GUI.
>> You set the default encoding for your system with the LANG environment
>> variable:
>>         <language>_<locale>.<encoding>
>> E.G.:
>>         en_US.UTF-8
>> Now you can modify this for a given mountable device in: "/etc/fstab" by
>> adding the "iocharset=<encoding> to the list of options {add it to the
>> end of the list}.  Even if the list contains: "defaults", options added
>> after it will override the defaults.
>> /dev/fd0H1440 /mnt/floppy/a auto \
>> rw,users,noauto,umask=0,iocharset=<encoding> 0 0
>> {this will be all one line in fstab}
>> The issue again is that this is a setting for a given device type and
>> mount point that will apply for any removable device mounted.  You can't
>> change it for an individual removable media.
>> You should be able to change this on a one time basis with the command
>> line (manual mounting) by opening a Konsole and first changing LANG in
>> the environment and them mounting.
>>         LANG=en_US.UTF-8
>>         export LANG
>>         mount <mount point>
>> I don't know any way of doing this with the GUI.
> Thanks. After some time googling, I suspect that I need to add the
> iso-8859-8 codepage to the fstab entry. However, I don't seem to have
> it:
> $ locate 8859 | grep ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-9.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-6.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-14.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-13.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-7.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-3.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-15.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-2.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-5.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-4.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/kernel/fs/nls/nls_iso8859-1.ko
> Anybody know how to install nls_iso8859-8.ko on Ubuntu? I'll ask on
> the Ubuntu list, but someone here may know as well. Thanks.

There is NO "nls_iso8859-8.ko".  Hebrew is "nls_cp1255.ko"

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