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The problem is that if I make an entry in /etc/fstab to mount a samba share I can give the option iocharset=utf8 and this then mounts the share correctly and in the right encoding with special characters displayed correctly.

Gnomes automount system for some reason never gets this right and I can find nowhere to change its settings.

Is there a way to make it always use UTF8 by default?

This is with Ubuntu 10.10 and the system can display the characters involved.

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gvfs-smb uses libsmbclient which uses the normal configuration for Samba for encoding. Have you tried setting unix charset = utf-8 in your /etc/samba/smb.conf?

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