# Ubuntu: Error while opening tex files in gedit

### Question:

I use 5.8.5 version of notepad++. The .tex file that I have edited on notepad++ could not be opened on gedit. The error I get is "character set could not be recognized"

### Solution:1

Two things to try (from the commandline):

Firstly:

`fromdos filename.tex`

(requires the tofrodos package).

Secondly:

`iconv -c -f UTF-8 -t UTF-8 filename.tex > filename-copy.tex`

That should remove any characters not compatible with UTF-8.

(You should also follow the advice in the other answer about putting `\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}` in your .tex source.)

### Solution:2

My latex files are all utf8 and compile on windows and on linux.

I would use `UTF-8 without BOM`

`\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}`
in the main file to inform the `pdflatex` or `latex` command that the content is UTF8