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Preserving UTF-8 Encoding when Copying Files between Directories

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Hi,  I am logged into my webserver as root via SSH

I copied all my html files from one directory to another

      \cp -pRf /development/* /production

once finished, utf-8 character encoding got messed up.

when i view them on my production website, the special chars show as "?".  Oddly though it still displays fine in IE.   Just not Mozilla.

both domains are on the same webserver

as a test, i downloaded one of the files via FTP, opened it, saved it as UTF-8 and re-uploaded it.  it displays fine.

So, it looks like somehow during the copy procedure i lose the UTF-8 encoding.

Thanks,
Mark
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by:kblack05
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See if adding the --preserve switch to cp resolves the problem.

--preserve[=ATTR_LIST]
              preserve   the   specified   attributes   (default:  mode,owner-
              ship,timestamps), if possible  additional  attributes:  context,
              links, all
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by:MarkDJordan
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I used the -p switch, which I thought WAS preserve.  No?
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by:kblack05
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Yes, also you can try the -c switch as well.

Also, another possibility exists. By any chance is the source directory from a mounted disk? Sometimes if using NFS or Samba, character encoding can be corrupted.

A good test is to try to copy a single one of these files without using the -r -R recursive switches, and check if the encoding got corrupted.

Please check those aspects and post back to me so I can further assist you.

Thanks and regards,

K Black
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Seems like what i posted here is not really the issue at all.  I just did another test with just -p and it works fine.  only on occasion does it not work (where it displays ok in dev but not ok in prod).  it must have something to do with the files themselves and how they were originally saved and not with the copy process.  Closing this ticket.  Thanks for your suggestions nonetheless.

Mark
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So in essence my response regarding preserve was correct yes?
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