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    1 Git is to some extent character encoding agnostic.
    3  - The contents of the blob objects are uninterpreted sequences
    4    of bytes.  There is no encoding translation at the core
    5    level.
    7  - Path names are encoded in UTF-8 normalization form C. This
    8    applies to tree objects, the index file, ref names, as well as
    9    path names in command line arguments, environment variables
   10    and config files (`.git/config` (see linkgit:git-config[1]),
   11    linkgit:gitignore[5], linkgit:gitattributes[5] and
   12    linkgit:gitmodules[5]).
   13 +
   14 Note that Git at the core level treats path names simply as
   15 sequences of non-NUL bytes, there are no path name encoding
   16 conversions (except on Mac and Windows). Therefore, using
   17 non-ASCII path names will mostly work even on platforms and file
   18 systems that use legacy extended ASCII encodings. However,
   19 repositories created on such systems will not work properly on
   20 UTF-8-based systems (e.g. Linux, Mac, Windows) and vice versa.
   21 Additionally, many Git-based tools simply assume path names to
   22 be UTF-8 and will fail to display other encodings correctly.
   24  - Commit log messages are typically encoded in UTF-8, but other
   25    extended ASCII encodings are also supported. This includes
   26    ISO-8859-x, CP125x and many others, but _not_ UTF-16/32,
   27    EBCDIC and CJK multi-byte encodings (GBK, Shift-JIS, Big5,
   28    EUC-x, CP9xx etc.).
   30 Although we encourage that the commit log messages are encoded
   31 in UTF-8, both the core and Git Porcelain are designed not to
   32 force UTF-8 on projects.  If all participants of a particular
   33 project find it more convenient to use legacy encodings, Git
   34 does not forbid it.  However, there are a few things to keep in
   35 mind.
   37 . 'git commit' and 'git commit-tree' issues
   38   a warning if the commit log message given to it does not look
   39   like a valid UTF-8 string, unless you explicitly say your
   40   project uses a legacy encoding.  The way to say this is to
   41   have i18n.commitencoding in `.git/config` file, like this:
   42 +
   43 ------------
   44 [i18n]
   45 	commitEncoding = ISO-8859-1
   46 ------------
   47 +
   48 Commit objects created with the above setting record the value
   49 of `i18n.commitEncoding` in its `encoding` header.  This is to
   50 help other people who look at them later.  Lack of this header
   51 implies that the commit log message is encoded in UTF-8.
   53 . 'git log', 'git show', 'git blame' and friends look at the
   54   `encoding` header of a commit object, and try to re-code the
   55   log message into UTF-8 unless otherwise specified.  You can
   56   specify the desired output encoding with
   57   `i18n.logOutputEncoding` in `.git/config` file, like this:
   58 +
   59 ------------
   60 [i18n]
   61 	logOutputEncoding = ISO-8859-1
   62 ------------
   63 +
   64 If you do not have this configuration variable, the value of
   65 `i18n.commitEncoding` is used instead.
   67 Note that we deliberately chose not to re-code the commit log
   68 message when a commit is made to force UTF-8 at the commit
   69 object level, because re-coding to UTF-8 is not necessarily a
   70 reversible operation.