I was trying to figure out why it's called iconv... and I was thinking it means something like:

i CONVersion

I can't figure out what the i stands for though.

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More googling answered my own question...

This uses system facilities to convert a character vector between encodings: the ‘i’ stands for ‘internationalization’.


  • Note that that's from the R package documentation. I doubt iconv(1) and iconv(3) originated in R.
    – muru
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:19
  • @muru When I saw "R" I immediately thought of its use in the context of Android application development :) Dec 2, 2016 at 1:36

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