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I've downloaded some files using "Download as .zip" option provided by Dropbox.
The filenames contain Greek characters.
I've extracted them and all I get is this: 2013 ΧειμεÏινÏ.pdf
The files were probably named/created on Windows OS, with greek locale.

I've looked into it and installed convmv utility but when using this command:
1st attempt:
convmv -t utf8 ./2013 ΧειμεÏινÏ.pdf, I got this output:

Your Perl version has fleas #37757 #49830
Starting a dry run without changes...
Skipping, already UTF-8: ./2013 ΧειμεÏινÏ.pdf
No changes to your files done. Use --notest to finally rename the files.

So, the filenames are already in utf8 but arent't properly displayed.
2nd attempt:
Searched for greek encodings and found these two ISO 8859-7 and windows-1253.
Tried with the 1st one and got that iso-8859-7 doesn't cover all needed characters for: "./2013 ΧειμεÏινÏ.pdf". So no luck with this as well.

I then used convmv --list and windows-1253 didn't appear.

So I am out of ideas, is there something I can do to fix this?

  • This would be easier if we had a file to play with, could you give us a link to one of them? Anyway, see my answer to a similar question here, does that help? – terdon Apr 4 '14 at 16:03
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This happens because default Ubuntu archive manager file-roller uses p7zip to unzip zip archives, if p7zip-full is installed. P7zip-full does not treat non-English file names correctly.

I made a PPA with file-roller using unzip program instead of p7zip. Patched file-roller can be installed by

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/file-roller
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install file-roller

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