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I can not display file coded with GBK. In gconf-editor of gnome 3.2 , I can not find encoding item of gedit . How to set it ? thanks

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What is the output of locale and locale -a? –  enzotib Jan 24 '12 at 8:58

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I don't have a file encoded in GBK to test the solutions, but do try them.

Option 1: Run gedit and then open the file:

  • run gedit

  • click open

  • select in the encoding combo "add" and add GB18030 (or GBK)

  • select that encoding in the combo

  • select the file

Option 2:

  • install and run gconf-editor

  • Find /apps/gedit-2/preferences/encoding key "auto_detected" and set it to:


Remember to backup the previous value of auto_detected!!

Option 3: Using dconf (the "newer" gconf, used in ubuntu)

dconf read /org/gnome/gedit/preferences/encodings/auto-detected

Save the result (backup)!

dconf write /org/gnome/gedit/preferences/encodings/auto-detected "['CURRENT', 'GBK', 'GB18030', 'GB2312', 'UTF-8', 'UTF-16']"


To reset it to default: a) use the option you backed up from dconf read command

or b) try:

dconf reset /org/gnome/gedit/preferences/encodings/auto-detected
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Thanks a lot ! Detailed and helpful instructions. –  waterloo2005 Jan 24 '12 at 11:29

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