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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.

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iconv [options] files

Convert the contents of one or more files from one character encoding to another and write the results to standard output.



Omit invalid output characters.

-f code1, --from-code=code1

Convert input characters from the code1 encoding.

-?, --help

Print help message and exit.

-l, --list

Print a list of valid encodings to standard output.

-o file, --output=file

Write the converted output to file instead of standard output.

-s, --silent

Operate silently; don't print warning messages.

-t code2, --to-code=code2

Convert input characters to the code2 encoding.


Print a brief usage message showing only the command syntax and then exit.

-V, --version

Print version information and exit.


Operate verbosely; print progress messages.

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