troubleshooting Question

File system with mixed encodings UTF-8, iso-8859-1 and cp850

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rivermanFlag for Sweden asked on
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PROBLEM
I have a total mess in my Debian file system. During the years I'v used different encodings, sharing technology and clients. Every time I change/move my data I mess it up even more.

HISTORY
It has always been Windows clients (NT-WIN7) and data has been stored on Linux servers (Open filer, Centos/Samba, Debian/OpenVZ/Centos/Samba and Debian/OpenVZ/Centos/Webdav) encoding has been ISO-8859-1 and/or UTF-8.

The bad thing is that I can have a mix of encoding, f.ex. File created in ISO-8859-1 on UTF-8 and files created in UTF-8 stored in UTF-8, then I probably also have files that has been converted wrong. Because of Windows clients I probably has CP850 involved.

NEED HELP WITH
I need a script/command sets to convert files (file name?) so I use UTF-8 with correct representation of Swedish characters ÅÄÖ. The solution need to take care of unknown and mixed encoding.

I'v read about a tool called convmv but I don't know how to use it when I don't know encodings and how to use it when I have mixed codecs.
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