Support for Unicode and non-Unicode characters

The probe can process multibyte characters such as Unicode UTF-8, GB, Big5, or Shift-JIS.

Use the following procedure to set up the probe to process multibyte characters:

  1. Ensure that the NNMi system is configured to send data in the required format (for example, UTF-8).
  2. Set the required locale on the system that runs the probe:
    Table 1. Setting the locale for multibyte characters
    Operating system Procedure to set the locale

    Linux and Unix

    Set the locale by changing the values of the LANG and LC_ALL environment variables. For example, to set the locale to simplified Chinese in UTF-8, use the following commands:

    export LANG=zh_CN.UTF-8
    export LC_ALL=zh_CN.UTF-8


    1. Open the Control Panel and double click on Regional and Language.
    2. On the Formats tab, select the language from the list in Format.
    3. On the Administrative tab, click Change system locale.
    4. Select the language from the list in Current System Locale.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Click OK.
  3. Configure the ObjectServer to enable the insertion of data that uses the required character set. The IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Administration Guide shows how to create, configure, and run an ObjectServer in UTF-8 mode or using another character set.
  4. Run the probe or, if it is already running, restart the probe.

    When running the probe on a Windows system using a UTF-8 character set, always specify the -utf8enabled command line option. For all other character sets, do not use the -utf8enabled command line option.