Other Make HAL use UTF-8 locale when mounting FAT32/msdos


I want HAL to mount my FAT32 drives with UTF-8 locales. Every time I mount FAT32 drives it's always in the default encoding instead of using UTF-8.

How do I make HAL to mount it with UTF-8 instead of default locales?

I already have the iconv modules loaded on boot as you can see on my /boot/loader.conf below:



Here's the command I use to mount FAT32 partitions with UTF-8 locales: mount_msdosfs -D UTF-8 -L en_US.UTF-8 -u 1001 /dev/da0 /media/drive.

We're talking about HALd right (hald(8))? Needed to run graphical environments such as Gnome and KDE.

Then the answer is very simple: you can't, because HALd doesn't mount media, that's what an auto mounter like autofs(8) is for.

If you read the manualpage you'll notice for yourself: all HALd does is maintain a database of devices which can then be used by other processes. But that's it.

So your best option here is to add the mount information to /etc/fstab, optionally set up an auto mounter and then the disks will always be mounted with the right locale and/or codepage.

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While it is a better idea to use autofs nowadays,
but It is really possible to mount in UTF-8 locale, when using sysutils/hal.
I wrote these instructions two years ago, but, probably, it should still work fine.
In a nutshell, just execute this command:
gconftool-2 --set "/system/storage/default_options/vfat/mount_options" --type list --list-type=string "[longnames,-u=,-L=en_US.UTF-8]"It'll add "-L=en_US.UTF-8" to default "vfat" mount options and sysutils/hal should use this setting,
never had any problems after setting it, it used to work fine, when I used to use HAL.
To apply changes, also restart of hald service may be required.
Auto mount attached USB devices in UTF-8 locale with your file manager using HAL.
(Works with x11-fm/nautilus, x11-fm/thunar, x11-fm/pcmanfm… etc)
By default (with hald_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf) x11-fm/nautilus will auto mount with HAL all your attached USB devices, but it won't automount these devices in UTF-8 locale (even if your system locale is UTF-8 locale), so if there are some folders/files that use unicode symbols (✞✞☹☹☹✞✞) or hindi/arabic/cyrillic letters in its names — you won't be able to open it. So to change this appearance, install sysutils/gconf-editor, open it and navigate to /system/storage/default_options/vfat/mount_options and add

to its values (or another *.UTF-8 locale).

Or just enter

gconftool-2 --set "/system/storage/default_options/vfat/mount_options" --type list --list-type=string "[longnames,-u=,-L=en_US.UTF-8]"

and press return.
Really great, had this only been posted a few years earlier or been in the handbook. Does this work for KDE5 as well, as this seems to be related to gconftool which I believe is Gnome-related?
Anyway, for over a year I am using dsbmc with xfce4 now and I am happy with that. My external NTFS-drive, my camcorder and my mobile phone get mounted automatically in caja or thunar.

Deleted member 48958

Does this work for KDE5 as well, as this seems to be related to gconftool which I believe is Gnome-related?
"-L=en_US.UTF-8" flag should work with sysutils/hal no matter what window manager or DE you're using.
There is no need to install gconf-editor, just enter # gconftool-2 --set "/system/storage/default_options/vfat/mount_options" --type list --list-type=string "[longnames,-u=,-L=en_US.UTF-8]" , gconftool-2 should be already installed, it comes with devel/gconf2 package and many packages depend on it.