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Re: unexpected high-bit set characters in $USER variable

On 2018-11-09 03:24, Václav Haisman wrote:
> I have updated Cygwin after a while and now my prompt looks like
> this: \ufeffUSER@MACHINE. There appears to be some sort of UNICODE
> character at position 0 in $USER environment variable. Running `echo -n
> $USER | od -t x1` prints `0000000 ef bb bf 68 61 69 76 61 30 31`. Does
> anyone else observe this as well?

\ufeff 0xef 0xbb 0xbf is a UTF-8 Byte Order Mark which usually appears only in
UTF-8 files created by MS products. Is this set by a login script somewhere
which does a conversion from UTF-16 or to UTF-8?

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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