UTF-8 Wiki

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The purpose of this wiki is to help sysadmins and users properly configure their environment to support Unicode and the UTF-8 character set, with an emphasis on MIT computing. This wiki is based on MediaWiki; see the User’s Guide.

Operating Systems

Most modern OSs, including all major distributions of Linux, support UTF-8 by default. Sometimes, a system that has been upgraded from an old distribution may remain on a legacy locale until it has been reconfigured. On UNIX/Linux, you can check whether you are in a UTF-8 locale by running locale charmap; it should report UTF-8. If you are not in a UTF-8 locale, here is how to enable UTF-8 by default in various OS flavors:

Terminal Applications

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