problem with german umlauts
ben at adversary.org
Sun Nov 14 02:13:47 CET 2010
On 14/11/10 12:35 AM, Reinhard Irmer wrote:
>> you.wrote on Fr, 12.Nov.2010 (20:10:57):
>>> On 13/11/10 5:16 AM, Reinhard Irmer wrote:
>> Yes, I know. I see it in my installation of GnuPG 2.0.16 where no
>> probs with german umlauts are existing (as you see in jpg-link I
>> sent in op.
Yes, I saw that before and have seen similar behaviour with character
set conflicts on other systems.
>> I have 2 gpg.confs, one 4 v1.4.11 and another 4 v2.0.16. In second
>> no charset is defined in it. Standard-utf-8 works fine in my client
>> 40tude-dialog, but not in Thunderbird where umlauts are shown as
You'll find that they either appear as question marks or an empty box,
depending on the display format (command line or GUI) where the
character cannot be represented. In a GUI where it is a unicode
character that cannot be represented the square box will contain the
four character hex code for the unicode character (e.g. 00fc instead
>> Now I will test ist out setting charset iso-8859-1 in gpg.conf for
> Here are the results:
> Using GnuPG v.1.4.11 with 40tude-dialog as client charset must be iso-8859-1
> or -15 to shows correct umlauts
Okay, I'm not familiar with 40tude, but I have a theory.
> Using GnuPG v.1.4.11 with Thunderbird as client charset must be utf-8 to
> show correct umlauts
This makes some sense, Thunderbird needs to be told which character
set to use (most will default to iso-8859-1, but it depends on the
> Using GnuPG v.2.0.16 using all possible charsets, 40tude shows
> correct umlauts, but Thunderbird always shows questionmarks instead
> of german umlauts
You should be able to change the Thunderbird setting to UTF-8 and make
it behave in View -> Character Encoding.
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