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Brian Sanders wrote:
> Hmm... so if it is in either UTF-16 or UCS-2 with BOM... is there any
> way for me to use these log files with a LUA script?  I guess it is good
> to know that I did understand the LUA tutorials, it was my input file I
> was not looking closely enough at.

You need to convert it somehow into UTF-8. There are a number of Lua
addons for doing this sort of transcoding, but if you've got Cygwin,
it's probably easier just to use the following command line:

iconv -f utf-16 -t utf-8 fnord.log > fnord.txt

...then open 'fnord.txt'.

You may even be able to do this:

local fp = io.popen("iconv -f utf-16 -t utf-8 fnord.log")
local text = fp:read("*all")

...but I forget whether that works on Windows.

(This whole problem is due to Windows having a rather different idea of
what 'plain text' means to the rest of the world; see for a rather amusing

David Given