in reply to Lost in encodings

update: sorry after rereading the OP I doubt the following is relevant in this case

I can't test now, but I just tutored my colleagues in unicode+perl and the debugger reacted strange because of it's pre-settings and the win-console.

(Maybe also dependend on the OS)

My recommendation is to better test without debugger.

Cheers Rolf
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