uniconv(1)                         Netatalk                         uniconv(1)


       uniconv - convert Netatalk volume encoding


       uniconv  [-ndv]  -c cnidbackend -f fromcode -t tocode [-m maccode] vol-


       uniconv converts the volume encoding of volumepath from the fromcode to
       the tocode encoding.


       -c     CNID  backend  used  on  this volume, usually cdb or dbd. Should
              match the backend selected with afpd for  this  volume.  If  not
              specified, the default CNID backend ‘cdb’ is used

       -d     don’t  CAP  encode  leading dots (:2e), equivalent to usedots in

       -f     encoding to convert from, use ASCII for CAP encoded volumes

       -h     display help

       -m     Macintosh client codepage, required  for  CAP  encoded  volumes.
              Defaults to ‘MAC_ROMAN’

       -n     ‘dry run’, don’t do any real changes

       -t     volume encoding to convert to, e.g. UTF8

       -v     verbose output, use twice for maximum logging.

       -V     print version and exit


       Setting  the wrong options might render your data unusable!!! Make sure
       you know what you are doing. Always backup your data first.

       It is *strongly* recommended to do a ‘dry run’ first and to  check  the
       output for conversion errors.

       afpd(8)  should  not  be  running while you change the volume encoding.
       Remember to change volcodepage in AppleVolumes.default(5)  to  the  new
       codepage, before restarting afpd.



       Netatalk  provides internal support for UTF-8 (pre- and decomposed) and
       CAP. If you want to use  other  charsets,  they  must  be  provided  by

       uniconv  also knows iso-8859.adapted, an old style 1.x NLS widely used.
       This is only intended for upgrading old volumes, afpd(8) cannot  handle
       iso-8859.adapted anymore.


       The  CNID backends maintains name to ID mappings. If you change a file-
       name outside afpd(8) (shell, samba), the  CNID  db,  i.e.  the  DIDNAME
       index, gets inconsistent. Netatalk tries to recover from such inconsis-
       tencies as gracefully as  possible.  The  mechanisms  to  resolve  such
       inconsistencies may fail sometimes, though, as this is not an easy task
       to accomplish. I.e. if several names in the path to the file or  direc-
       tory have changed, things may go wrong.

       If  you  change a lot of filenames at once, chances are higher that the
       afpds fallback mechanisms fail, i.e. files will be  assigned  new  IDs,
       even though the file hasn’t changed. uniconv therefore updates the CNID
       entry for each file/directory directly after it  changes  the  name  to
       avoid  inconsistencies. The two supported backends for volumes, dbd and
       cdb, use the same CNID db format. Therefore, you could use uniconv with
       cdb and afpd with dbd later.

       Warning:  There  must  not  be  two processes opening the CNID database
       using different backends at once! If a volume is still opened with  dbd
       (cnid_metad/cnid_dbd)  and  you start uniconv with cdb, the result will
       be a corrupted CNID database, as the two backends use different locking
       schemes.  You  might  run into additional problems, e.g. if dbd is com-
       piled with transactions, cdb will not update the transaction logs.

       In general, it is recommended to use the same backend for  uniconv  you
       are using with afpd(8).


       convert  1.x  CAP  encoded volume to UTF-8, clients used MacRoman code-
       page, cnidscheme is dbd:

       example% uniconv -c dbd -f ASCII -t UTF8 -m MAC_ROMAN /path/to/share

       convert iso8859-1 volume to UTF-8, cnidscheme is cdb:

       example% uniconv -c cdb -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF8 -m MAC_ROMAN /path/to/share

       convert 1.x volume using iso8859-1 adapted NLS to CAP encoding:

       example% uniconv -f ISO-8859-ADAPTED -t ASCII -m MAC_ROMAN/path/to/share

       convert UTF-8 volume to CAP, for MacCyrillic clients:

       example% uniconv -f UTF8 -t ASCII -m MAC_CYRILLIC /path/to/share



2.0.2                             24 Jun 2004                       uniconv(1)

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