Linux: Convert File Encoding with iconv
The GNU command line tool
iconv does character encoding conversion.
# convert a file from utf-16 to utf-8 iconv -f utf-16 -t utf-8 file1.txt > file2.txt
iconv -l → show a list of encodings.
if you don't have
iconv installed, you can also use perl's
piconv. See: Perl: Convert File Encoding