g_get_charset (
  const char** charset


Obtains the character set for the [current locale][setlocale]; you might use this character set as an argument to g_convert(), to convert from the current locale’s encoding to some other encoding. (Frequently g_locale_to_utf8() and g_locale_from_utf8() are nice shortcuts, though.)

On Windows the character set returned by this function is the so-called system default ANSI code-page. That is the character set used by the “narrow” versions of C library and Win32 functions that handle file names. It might be different from the character set used by the C library’s current locale.

On Linux, the character set is found by consulting nl_langinfo() if available. If not, the environment variables LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LANG and CHARSET are queried in order. nl_langinfo() returns the C locale if no locale has been loaded by setlocale().

The return value is TRUE if the locale’s encoding is UTF-8, in that case you can perhaps avoid calling g_convert().

The string returned in charset is not allocated, and should not be freed.



Type: const char**

Return location for character set name, or NULL.

The argument will be set by the function.
The argument can be NULL.
The data is owned by the caller of the function.
The value is a NUL terminated UTF-8 string.

Return value

Type: gboolean

TRUE if the returned charset is UTF-8