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StreamReader.ReadLine() into a String UTF-8 Encoding

Posted on 2011-09-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have a small program where I am trying to read a text file, make some minor updates to some of the fields and then output to a new text file.

I'm having trouble with one field in the data.  When I read the field I get incorrect encoding.  I test the encoding of the file and get that it is UTF8 but this introduces sqaure boxes instead of certain characters when reading the field.  The closest I get is using UTF7 but this removes two plus symbols.

I'm a bit lost, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bernie.

Question by:berniefitz
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Expert Comment

by:Carlos Villegas
ID: 36753816
Hello, have you tried setting manually the encoding instead of auto detection?
Example (interpreting Unicode):
System.IO.StreamReader(myTextFilePath, System.Text.Encoding.Unicode)

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Author Comment

ID: 36759437
Yeah. I've tried manually encoding UTF7, UTF8, Unicode and ASCII and none read the string correctly.

The string is ÌSPÇ34*-RÈ_4207478_Ç()4+%*4+$Â'*Î
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Expert Comment

by:Carlos Villegas
ID: 36766287
Can you attach a txt file containing the section with witch you are having problems to decode?
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Author Comment

ID: 36767777
I've attached a file with the text I can't read.  I've blanked other fields with XXX for privacy reasons.

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Expert Comment

by:Carlos Villegas
ID: 36793370
Hello, try with this ANSI encoding (code page 1252), example:
System.IO.StreamReader(myTextFilePath, System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding(1252))

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Accepted Solution

berniefitz earned 0 total points
ID: 36889981
Hi there,

Thanks for your help.  I solved the issue.

Basically, I had to read the text in as UTF7 and output as Encoding.GetEncoding(1250)).

Very strange considering if I test the encoding of the file in C# it tells me that it is UTF8.

Thanks for all your help.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36908509
I figured out the problem on my own. Only one comment was partially close but still incorrect.

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