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I've installed japanese fonts

sudo apt-get install ttf-takao-mincho

and I mounted my drive specifying utf8

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /media/HERMES -o uid=1000,gid=1000,iocharset=utf8,dmask=027,fmask=137

but japanese file names show up as ??? in terminal and on my samba share, it shows up as numbers+characters.

How do I fix this?

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Have you tried to use cifs instead of vfat ? – desgua May 6 '12 at 14:32
I followed that guide but console hangs if I try to access the drive after the mount. sudo mount -t cifs //orion/HERMES /media/HERMES -o guest,rw,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 – Azeworai May 7 '12 at 13:01

I found the solution to my problem, although I don't understand why it didn't resolve the japanese characters with the standard mount command, I found that pmount works well. Hope this helps others!

Unmount Auto Mounted USB drives

pumount /media/usb0

Mount Manually USB Drives

pmount /dev/sdc1 HERMES
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The drives were auto mounted but I couldn't read the file names still. After dismounting and remounting with pmount, everything is viewable in command line and in samba shares. – Azeworai May 7 '12 at 13:48

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