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Date:      Sat, 24 Jan 2009 08:10:25 +0000
From:      Firas Kraiem <>
Subject:   Foreign characters in filenames on FTP
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I have an issue with filenames that have foreign (e.g. Japanese)  
characters in them when trying to access them by FTP from a Windows  
machine (the server is running FreeBSD 7.1, the same problem occurs  
with both the builtin ftpd and vsftpd). It is most likely an encoding  
problem, but I can't figure out where it lies exactly. It basically  
boils down to this:

When I access the FTP from my Windows machine, the foreign characters  
come as a load of random characters. However, when I access it from a  
Linux machine, everything is fine, and the filemanes are also fine  
when I use ls at the shell.

As I said, it is most likely a problem in how FreeBSD encodes the  
filenames, but I read throught the mount(8) man page and found no  
option that would allow changing it. Any pointers would be much  


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