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Failed to detect original file encoding. Cannot save commit with unknown encoding

Ahmad Jamal
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October 18, 2023

Hi

Why I get error for edit file?

Failed to detect original file encoding. Cannot save commit with unknown encoding

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Patrik S
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October 19, 2023

Hello @Hossein Ali Reza Asgari and welcome to the community!

This is usually caused when you copy/paste the filename which might bring some invalid UTF-8 characters causing the encoding error. If that is the case, you can try manually typing the name of the file instead and see if the error persists.

Another alternative is to clone the repository locally, make the changes to the file locally, and then push the changes back to Bitbucket Cloud.

Thank you, @Hossein Ali Reza Asgari !

Patrik S

Gilbert ALBANIS
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March 21, 2024

I had the same problem, but I didn’t copy-and-paste the file name. The file name was:

main.c 

Very standard name. I don’t understand what the problem is. Please help. 

Theodora Boudale
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March 22, 2024

Hi Gilbert,

What is the encoding of this file? Bitbucket tries to guess a file's encoding and, when it fails, issues like this may arise.

We have a feature request for the ability to specify a repository's encoding:

In the meantime, you can edit the file locally, commit and push to Bitbucket.

I would also suggest using UTF-8 encoding for files, if possible.

Kind regards,
Theodora

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