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The file is here

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12337149/history.csv

It views just fine in Notepad but Centos complains about the following

"history.csv" may be a binary file. See it anyway?

If I choose yes the contents are not properly displayed

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What program/text editor are you trying to open the file in? [I would normally add this as a comment, but I do not have enough reputation to be able to comment on serverfault specifically] –  invalidsyntax May 18 '11 at 3:16
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What are you trying to do in Centos that is complaining? Just looking at the file, the only thing that stands out to me is the UTF-16 Byte Order Mark. I'd guess that whatever is opening the file is not dealing w/ the character set correctly and instead thinks it is a binary format.

I have come to this conclusion by doing: file history.csv and getting

history.csv: Little-endian UTF-16 Unicode text, with CRLF, CR line terminators

In the shell, when I cat the file I get

��Type Summary Date Ref Description Period Opening Ccy Size Closing Amount
WITH Commissions 14/04/11 4553585 Aurelian Oil & Gas Plc COMM G42H4S "-" - � - 0 -10.16

Then I looked at the hex values of the unknown characters (assuming that shows above) and saw:

0000000: fffe 5400 7900 7000 6500 0900 5300 7500 ..T.y.p.e...S.u.

Looking at the UTF-16 entry on wikipedia, It says that is the Byte order mark, showing the endienness.

So it was a very long path to get to "don't know...maybe it's not dealing with the character set" :)

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