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Old 09-22-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Smile Why calibre always translate non-English file name into Latin letters?

First of all, calibre is really sweet app, I loved it!

But, there is one thing that bothers me a lot, which is calibre always translate non-English file name into Latin letters.

I'm a Chinese user, who have a lot of books named in Chinese. And calibre just simple translate all these Chinese characters into Pinyin. For example, a book named 围城 will be translated into Wei Cheng. This is really inconvenient for Chinese users and other non-English users. Because most of them want to see the original name on their eBook readers.

So, is there any solutions for this issue?

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Old 09-22-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
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Not really. Support for non ascii characters in file systems is really atrocious. There's no way to make an application like calibre that supports a multitude of operating systems, devices, etc that also writes file names with non ascii chars.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:09 AM   #3
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Not really. Support for non ascii characters in file systems is really atrocious. There's no way to make an application like calibre that supports a multitude of operating systems, devices, etc that also writes file names with non ascii chars.
Thank you very much kovidgoyal, you did a really good job on this software, it helps me a lot!!

BTW, There is a checkbox in the preferences of "Saving books to disk" which says "cover non-English characters to English equivalents".

If I uncheck the option, I'd be able to save a book to my PC/Kindle in the original Chinese filename. But the file will not state as "On Device" when I plug my kindle into my PC.

So, I'm wondering is it possible to add a same feature to "Sending books to devices", or mark the file which I save to Kindle as "On Device" manually?
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doing that with sending to device causes major problems because different devices have different levels on filesystem unicode support (it depends on the file system and the kernel). Why do you care about filenames on the device in any case? the Kindle lists the books by their metadata not their filenames (except PDF)
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:35 AM   #5
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doing that with sending to device causes major problems because different devices have different levels on filesystem unicode support (it depends on the file system and the kernel). Why do you care about filenames on the device in any case? the Kindle lists the books by their metadata not their filenames (except PDF)
Thanks for your explanation.

I don't care filenames if Kindle lists the books by their metadata. Since, I read a lot of pdf and txt files on my Kindle, and it seems that Kindle ignore the metadata of a txt files too.

PS. Because a Pinyin word could stands for a lots of Chinese Characters, it is difficult for Chinese to read a book in Pinyin filename.

For instance, the Pinyin book name "Wei Cheng" might stands for "围城 未成 卫城 渭城 伟成 危城 伪称 维城 ...".
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I suggest converting your files to mobi then you wont need the filenames to be correct.
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I suggest converting your files to mobi then you wont need the filenames to be correct.
I will try that, BTW is there a way to output converted file to another directory?

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho....php?p=1124906

This is the thread that I posted.

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I suggest converting your files to mobi then you wont need the filenames to be correct.
first thank you for your greate Calibre.

I read a lot chinese books on kindle 3, the pinyin file name is a little bit different for manage 'cause I'm not always manage my books using Calibre, so could you add an option for "translate non-ascii filename" then I can keep chinse book name for my kindle.
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first thank you for your greate Calibre.

I read a lot chinese books on kindle 3, the pinyin file name is a little bit different for manage 'cause I'm not always manage my books using Calibre, so could you add an option for "translate non-ascii filename" then I can keep chinse book name for my kindle.
That's not going to happen as it will create headaches for me (it's very difficult to get filename encoding correct on multiple platforms/devices/OSes/locales)
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