I can't see any files whose names are composed entirely of Chinese characters on my Raspbmc menus. If there is a mixutre of Chinese and ASCII characters, I can see only the ASCII characters in the file name. I've searched but I can't find any information about how to enable Chinese language support.

  • It's not really a pi specific question, you might have better luck with this on unix/linux SE. Perhaps ask to have it migrated. Raspbmc is a minimal Debian Distribution.
    – Tyson
    Aug 24, 2014 at 4:32
  • Raspbmc is based on debian, so why not just pull language support from there? packages.debian.org/stable/localization
    – j0h
    Aug 24, 2014 at 14:15
  • It's not a problem with Debian's filesystem. It's a problem with the menus used to select media files. The XBMC interface is lacking Chinese support and I'm not sure how to enable it. Aug 25, 2014 at 1:44

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From http://immigrationroad.com/blog/how-to-watch-chinese-tv-online-using-xbmc/ :

Display XBMC Menus in Chinese

To make XBMC display Chinese characters correctly, you will need to install fonts and change several settings.

  • Go to XBMC.org and download the font: DejaVuSans+DriodSansFallback.ttf;
  • Change the file name to arial.ttf;
  • Go to (your XBMC installation folder)/XBMC/media/Fonts/. For example, it may be C:/Program Files/XBMC/media/Fonts/;
  • There should be a file already called arial.ttf. Change the file name to something like arial-original in case you will need it later on;
  • Now copy and paste your downloaded arial.ttf to the Fonts folder;
  • Go to XBMC – Home – System – Settings – Appearance;
  • Under Skin – Fonts, click the up/down arrow to change the setting to “Arial based”;
  • Under International – Language, click the up/down arrow to select Chinese (Simple);
  • Under International – Character Set, click the up/down arrow to select Chinese Simplified (GBK);
  • Your XBMC should now be displaying Chinese characters properly;

This worked for me but I changed the font directory to /usr/share/fonts/truetype.

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