Windows console works with the CP866 encoding.
So input and output should be redefined to CP866.
This thread http://www.ruby-forum.com/topic/184730 suggests a nice
Encoding.default_external = Encoding.find(Encoding.locale_charmap) Encoding.default_internal = __ENCODING__ [STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR].each do |io| io.set_encoding(Encoding.default_external, Encoding.default_internal) end
And it works. The text is now correctly displayed in Windows console.
But the code crashes whenever Ruby faces a string that contains a
non-CP866 character (like em dash “—”):
in `write’: U+2014 from UTF-8 to IBM866
How do i overcome this error? Not using UTF-8 is not an option.
Iconv has a nice solution: add “//IGNORE” to encoding name and error no
longer takes place. But IO does not recognize “//IGNORE”, so this
solution i unacceptable.
I can’t use Iconv instead of IO due to the following reason. I use
RubyMine. Unlike Windows console, RubyMine console works in pure UTF-8.
But whenever code run by RubyMine writes to disk, it seems to use
Windows encoding because text gets written in corrupt encoding. And i
do not know a way to distinguish RubyMine from Windows console so that
my program could perfrom only the conversions necessary for the current