Setting encoding in Kate

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Wed Sep 6 15:25:18 BST 2017

On 06/09/17 17:19, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Wednesday, 2017-09-06, 17:04:27, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
>> On 06/09/17 16:17, Burkhard Lück wrote:
>>> Am Montag, 4. September 2017, 22:46:44 CEST schrieb Nikos Chantziaras:
>>>> Is there a way to mark a file as using a specific encoding? Like some
>>>> string inside a C comment that Kate recognizes?
>> Alright. So, putting:
>>     kate: encoding cp-1252
>> in .kateconfig works, whereas an in-file modeline doesn't.
> In-file only works for saving, as the information is then available when
> needed, but doesn't work for loading as that is too late.

I'm not sure why it's too late. I can just go to Tools->Encoding and set 
CP-1252. I obviously do this after the file is already loaded, and it 
works just fine.

The modeline should just do the same thing I'm currently forced to do by 

>> However, I can't use a .kateconfig for this, since now *all* files in
>> the directory are opened with cp-1252 as the encoding, not just the ones
>> that actually are.
> I would personally recommend recoding to UTF-8 on princple, this is the 21st
> century, platform specific encodings ought to be a thing of the past.

Unfortunately, that's not possible. The software used by the other team 
members does not support Unicode. So we use ASCII for all files, except 
for those that need non-ASCII stuff in them (umlauts, etc.) Those use 

(I'm the only Linux guy in the team.)

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