I’m using the extents of one vector to clip another, using GDAL Vector processing “Clip vector by extent” function. Both vectors are encoded as UTF-8. So why the resulting vector is encoded as ISO-8859-1, although my Linux system also uses UTF-8 as default?

I’ve seen similar questions, but my version of QGIS (3.18.1-Zürich) does not have a Ignore shapefile encoding declaration under Settings, Options, Data sources, Data source handling, nor do I find an “Encoding” option under project properties.

  • First, try doing it with QGIS's own Vector - Geoprocessing Tools - Clip menu option.
    – wingnut
    Apr 29, 2021 at 3:52
  • @wingnut That's my first idea, but it doesn't have an “extent” feature, instead it clips by the polygon, which is much slower.
    – Rodrigo
    Apr 29, 2021 at 3:57
  • Read this question. It may help. gis.stackexchange.com/questions/15912/…
    – wingnut
    Apr 29, 2021 at 4:06
  • Why not to save into geopackage that is always UTF-8?
    – user30184
    Apr 29, 2021 at 6:54
  • @user30184 Yeah, I may try different formats. Just thought that UTF-8 was already universal, at least in Linux.
    – Rodrigo
    Apr 29, 2021 at 7:09

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According to the answer given by unicoletti, linked by wingnut in the comments, I've discovered that I can use the following option:


in the Additional creation options field. However, I believe this should be the default, since we're in 2021, and the majority of the world does not speak English.

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