DO NOT REPLY [Bug 3362] New: Add option to normalize Unicode filenames

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Fri Dec 30 14:13:59 GMT 2005

           Summary: Add option to normalize Unicode filenames
           Product: rsync
           Version: 2.6.7
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: mike at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at

This is somewhere between a bug and an enhancement. When moving files with
Unicode names between different OSes, it would make life a lot easier if there
was an option to normalize filenames to a particular unicode form on the

For example, rsyncing from OS X to Linux names the files using the OS X
standard, Normalization form D. Linux prefers Normalization form C, which means
sharing this folder via Samba results in a number of folders that can't be
accessed. Likewise when running rsync from OS X to a Windows box running
cygwin. I think the best solution to this would be something like
"--destination-charset=UTF-8-NFC", to rename the files from the source charset
to the destionation charset.

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