I am new to using QGIS. I came up against the encoding issue of shp files. This solution to solved my problem in Windows (for source I had to put windows-1253 instead of utf-8)

My question is what solution would I use in Linux systems where I have the very same issue? Where can I "insert" a similar choice?

  • the same procedure isn't working?
    – nickves
    Mar 28, 2013 at 21:19

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As a workaround you may use .cpg-files with encoding as additions to .shp (more on it here). Or hard-write encoding to the .dbf-header using Libre Office: just open it in Calc (it will ask you for encoding) and save it.

  • Thankyou!It DID save the problem! (one comment to anyone may read this:donot omit to choose the encoding in order to see the -corrected-characters)
    – geo rek
    Mar 30, 2013 at 14:03

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