Can I choose that encoding instead of the default? I can open a file with similar apps. If I open the same file with Scratch, it displays non-readable characters. I cannot find the appropriate setting for changing that. Thank you.

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First of all, check that locale it's installed. From terminal, execute

cat /usr/share/i18n/SUPPORTED | grep 8859-7

You can see an output like this:

el_GR ISO-8859-7
el_CY ISO-8859-7

If you want to configure your system with the first locale (el_GR ISO-8859-7) you must reconfigure your environment. Try from terminal:

localectl set-locale "LANG=el_GR.ISO-8859-7"
localectl set-locale "LANGUAGE=el_GR.ISO-8859-7"
localectl set-locale "LC_ALL=el_GR.ISO-8859-7"

Now, you must generate your desired locale:

locale-gen el_GR.ISO-8859-7

And finally:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Maybe this could help. I transformed file encoding from Windows-1251 to UTF-8 by this command in terminal: iconv -f Windows-1251 -t UTF-8 inputfile.txt > outputfile.txt

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