Problems with German special characters


I have been fighting for a while now with a problem that the German special vowls (Umlaute), e.g. üöä get scrambled when read in from file using IO.readlines. I have played quite some time with various code pages. But that didn't fix the problem. I lately realized that those üöä aren't even written correctly to the console when starting rails from the command prompt using ruby script/server, for example: - - [08/Dec/2008:20:22:50 Westeuropõische Normalzeit] "POST /mypet/d

This should be Westeurop>ä<ische and not Westeurop>õ<ische. Even when I start up plain Rails those specials vowls get scrambled. Does anybody have some idea?

Thanks, Oliver