[Rd] Setting locale to support UTF-8

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Dec 1 07:55:42 CET 2013

On 30/11/2013 20:09, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> In Sweave, if the locale is set to C, non-ASCII characters are not
> handled nicely even if I declare the encoding of the file to be "UTF-8".
>   I'm trying to find a workaround for this, because I'm using Sweave
> from within TeXShop.   TeXShop runs its typesetting engines in the C
> locale, and non-ascii characters are messed up.
> Is there a way to declare that I am in a "generic" UTF-8 locale?  It is
> like the C locale in other respects, but it knows about UTF-8 characters.

Locales are about more than encodings, but LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 will 
works almost everywhere.  The only place I know where it might give 
trouble is Debian which micromanages glibc and makes installation of 
locales optional.

But on a OS which supports UTF-8 locales it would be perverse not to 
have a least one UTF-8 locale installed.

(There is also the issue of .UTF-8 vs .utf8, but I think everyone 
accepts the first now.)

> Duncan Murdoch
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