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I have some txt files containing greek characters, how can I read them @Ubuntu?

When I am opening one of the files I am getting these "Äåõôåñåýùí".

Here is a text file zipped and uploaded at rapidshare.

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Can you upload at least a piece of the file somewhere, gzipped to not modify content, so we can try to help? – enzotib Jul 26 '11 at 5:24
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When opening with gedit, you can chose the encoding. Your file might be in iso-8859-7 (greek) or windows-1253 encoding. Maybe one of it will work.

If you get the chance in windows: while saving the file select utf-8 encoding. This is universal and should be readable on all platforms in all countries.

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When I am trying to open the file with windows-1253 encoding I get this: Could not open the file /home/chris/Desktop/badchars using the Greek (WINDOWS-1253) character encoding. And when I'm trying to open it with iso-8859-7 encoding I am getting these characters: "ñïóïìïΓΓΉΓ³Γ§ Γ―Γ" – Chris Jul 27 '11 at 21:49
You should try with other editors. Maybe there is some problem with the one you are trying to use and the desirable encoding. – lujbilami Oct 27 '11 at 10:08

Just to add that an easy way to see your files containing Greek and were saved by your friends in their Windows machines is to convert them to UTF-8 with the command:

iconv -f Windows-1253 -t utf-8 input.txt > output.txt

This will read input.txt as Windows-1253 and will write it into output.txt as UTF-8.

output.txt will contain the correct UTF-8 representation and you will be able to open the file in e.g. Leafpad without further problems.

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