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I have a tar archive created on an old Unixware machine using ISO8859-1 encoding. When I try to extract it under Macosx Lion, I experience a bit of weirdness with German umlauts. For instance:

I open a terminal.app window with the encoding set to "ISO8859-1" and set my locale like this:

export LANG=de_DE.ISO8859-1
export LC_ALL=de_DE.ISO8859-1

then take a peek at the archive:

dhcp202:Downloads frank$ tar tvf backup.tar home/frank
x home/frank/
x home/frank/Präferenzen/

note that the "ä" is displayed correctly

I then unpack the archive with

tar xvf backup.tar home/frank

the "ä" is also displayed correctly in the output from tar, but when I list the directory contents, I see:

dhcp202:Downloads frank$ ls home/frank

What's up with that?

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What is the result from file -I {filename}? –  Bart De Vos Sep 12 '11 at 9:34
application/x-directory; charset=binary –  Frank Brenner Sep 12 '11 at 9:47
I tried the same archive, same actions on a Linux box and a Unixware7 box, without any trouble. Seems to only happen on the mac. Maybe HFS+ has a problem with ISO8859? –  Frank Brenner Sep 12 '11 at 15:21

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