Change the encoding of a file

My favourite topic is "encoding" (of course that was sarcasm). So my first post is about how to change the encoding of some text file from Latin-1 to UTF-8 on command line:

iconv -f latin1 -t utf8 source_file > target_file

Of course we need to know what encoding the file is in… which may be a topic for some future post.

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About swk

I am a computational linguist, teacher of computer science and above all a huge fan of LaTeX. I use LaTeX for everything, including things you never wanted to do with LaTeX. My latest love is lilypond, aka LaTeX for music. I'll post at irregular intervals about cool stuff, stupid hacks and annoying settings I want to remember for the future.