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Encoding can be relevant when reading an ASCII input with special characters. In particular, from a unix shell, it's relevant that the right encoding be set on your terminal.


Finding out correct LANG environment variables

> locale -a | grep pt
locale> pt_PT.iso88591
> LC_ALL=pt_PT.iso88591 locale charmap
charmap> ISO-8859-1

Changing your LANG environment variable

> sudo vim /etc/profile
/etc/profile>export LANG=pt_PT.ISO-8859-1