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W national-encoding

A file is not valid UTF-8.

Debian has used UTF-8 for many years. Support for national encodings is being phased out. This file probably appears to users in mangled characters (also called mojibake).

Packaging control files must be encoded in valid UTF-8.

Please convert the file to UTF-8 using iconv or a similar tool.

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.162. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit c1c05b0. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check files/encoding.

Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • national-encoding-in-text-file
  • national-encoding-in-manpage
  • national-encoding-in-debconf-template
  • doc-base-file-uses-obsolete-national-encoding
  • debian-tests-control-uses-national-encoding
  • debian-news-file-uses-obsolete-national-encoding
  • debian-copyright-file-uses-obsolete-national-encoding
  • debian-control-file-uses-obsolete-national-encoding
  • debian-changelog-file-uses-obsolete-national-encoding

The following 1370 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 16512 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 97 overrides. The tag performed 99% of the time.