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.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
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
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
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