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After I do this wget

All the french accents are displayed wrong on the console.

Any ideas?

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You need to use an compatible encoding to correctly show the foreign chars. Use sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales to select the locales for your machine. Set it to a UTF-8 locale and see if it fixes.

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It is already UTF-8 – mazgalici Mar 1 '11 at 12:01

Which console are you using? If you're connecting using PuTTY you need to change the character encoding under the settings. I'm not on a Windows machine at the moment so I can't guide you through each step but I think it's under Session -> Encoding or similar.

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When my term gets messed up, I run reset, and that fixes it:

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