How do I determine the default character encoding in a RedHat system using the command line? I just want to know what encoding a Java app would use per default if none is specified

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The locale command holds the key to these secrets.
(There are probably other RedHat-specific ways to do this, but locale will work on pretty much any *NIX system.)


I had problem with ISO-8859-1 files in a server UTF-8 and I was force to change

You can see de default language using the command:

echo $LANG

Edit the file: /etc/sysconfig/i18n and modify the property. See the example bellow:


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