Setting the wrong options might render your data unusable!!! Make sure you know what you are doing. Always backup your data first.
It is *strongly* recommended to do a `dry run' first and to check the output for conversion errors.
afpd(8) should not be running while you change the volume encoding. Remember to change volcodepage in AppleVolumes.default(5) to the new codepage, before restarting afpd.
In case of MacChineseTraditional, MacJapanese or MacKorean, uniconv cannot be used.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
Netatalk provides internal support for UTF-8 (pre- and decomposed) and CAP. If you want to use other charsets, they must be provided by iconv(1)
uniconv also knows iso-8859.adapted, an old style 1.x NLS widely used. This is only intended for upgrading old volumes, afpd(8) cannot handle iso-8859.adapted anymore.
The CNID backends maintains name to ID mappings. If you change a filename outside afpd(8) (shell, samba), the CNID db, i.e. the DIDNAME index, gets inconsistent. Netatalk tries to recover from such inconsistencies as gracefully as possible. The mechanisms to resolve such inconsistencies may fail sometimes, though, as this is not an easy task to accomplish. I.e. if several names in the path to the file or directory have changed, things may go wrong.
If you change a lot of filenames at once, chances are higher that the afpds fallback mechanisms fail, i.e. files will be assigned new IDs, even though the file hasn't changed. uniconv therefore updates the CNID entry for each file/directory directly after it changes the name to avoid inconsistencies. The two supported backends for volumes, dbd and cdb, use the same CNID db format. Therefore, you could use uniconv with cdb and afpd with dbd later.
Warning: There must not be two processes opening the CNID database using different backends at once! If a volume is still opened with dbd (cnid_metad/cnid_dbd) and you start uniconv with cdb, the result will be a corrupted CNID database, as the two backends use different locking schemes. You might run into additional problems, e.g. if dbd is compiled with transactions, cdb will not update the transaction logs.
In general, it is recommended to use the same backend for uniconv you are using with afpd(8).
convert 1.x CAP encoded volume to UTF-8, clients used MacRoman codepage, cnidscheme is dbd:
example% uniconv -c dbd -f ASCII -t UTF8 -m MAC_ROMAN /path/to/share
convert iso8859-1 volume to UTF-8, cnidscheme is cdb:
example% uniconv -c cdb -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF8 -m MAC_ROMAN /path/to/share
convert 1.x volume using iso8859-1 adapted NLS to CAP encoding:
example% uniconv -f ISO-8859-ADAPTED -t ASCII -m MAC_ROMAN/path/to/share
convert UTF-8 volume to CAP, for MacCyrillic clients:
example% uniconv -f UTF8 -t ASCII -m MAC_CYRILLIC /path/to/share