[Haskell-cafe] Unicode workaround for getDirectoryContents under Windows?

Judah Jacobson judah.jacobson at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 00:56:54 EDT 2009

On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Shu-yu Guo<shu at rfrn.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> It seems like getDirectoryContents applies codepage conversion based
> on the default program locale under Windows. What this means is that
> if my default codepage is some kind of Latin, Asian glyphs get
> returned as '?' in the filename. By '?' I don't mean that the font is
> lacking the glyph and rendering it as '?', but I mean 'show (head
> (getDirectoryContents "C:\\Music"))' returns something that looks like
> like "?? ????".
> This is a problem as I can't get the filenames of my music directory,
> some of which are in Japanese and Chinese, some of which have accents.
> If I change the default codepage to Japanese, say, then I get the
> Japanese filenames in Shift-JIS and I lose all the accented letters.
> I have filed this as a bug already, but is there a workaround in the
> meantime (I don't know the Win32 API, but didn't see anything that
> looked like it would help under System.Win32 anyways) that lets me
> gets the list of files in a directory that's encoded in some kind of
> Unicode?

Try taking a look at the code in the following module, which uses FFI
to access the Unicode-aware Win32 APIs:


Hope that helps,

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