[OS X Emacs] M-x shell and file names with umlauts
david.reitter at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 14:58:29 EDT 2008
On 7 Oct 2008, at 14:49, Ian Eure wrote:
>> then, suddenly, "ls" does the right thing! I'm not sure what the
>> correct setting for the language bit would be - en_US.UTF-8 works
>> just as well.
> The format is:
> e.g. en_US.UTF-8 is US English encoded in UTF-8.
Well yeah, I tried de_DE first because my test file name had a German
language umlaut, but the language doesn't matter for the coding when
it's UTF-8. The real question is how I would detect the right
language from the user's settings. You address this question:
> I don't know if Emacs even has the ability to set environment
> variables for inferior processes. I think this is the job of your
> shell or system init files. I'd suggest adding this to your
> eval `locale | sed 's/^/export /'`
Well I wouldn't ever want to alter the user's .profile from Aquamacs,
but of course I can set an env variable from within Emacs, and
inferior processes should inherit that.
(M-x shell does not seem to start a login shell, by the way - just a
The other problem is that from M-x shell, this is my locale:
and from a login shell opened in iTerm, I get
Neither of them would be sufficient to display non-ASCII file names.
Isn't at least the coding part of the locale up to the terminal that
is being used, i.e. Emacs with it's shell buffer?
> Setting the coding-system for process I/O like you did (C-x RET p)
> is a part of setting your language environment. I'd suggest you set
> it to UTF-8, which can be accomplished by going to Options ->
> Language -> Set Language Environment -> UTF-8.
So, just to make it clear, you're suggesting that we set the default
language environment that an Aquamacs user gets, to UTF-8?
Sounds to me like this has some grave implications. Originally I was
thinking of just modifying what M-x shell does, but of course one
could consider this.
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