I very often find source code with accent, mainly comments in french. Some are UTF-8 and other ISO8859. Even if UTF-8 is now largely supported, using it in source code is looking for troubles. Here is a way to remove accents in a text file:
iconv -t ASCII//TRANSLIT myfile.c > myfile_without_accent.c
It will only work if you current locale support it.
A small script to convert UTF-8 to ASCII (to be used with
#! /bin/sh export LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8 tmp=`mktemp` iconv -t ASCII//TRANSLIT $1 > $tmp mv $tmp $1