[arch-general] Different encoding on tty's and X, solution (or workaround?)

Martti Kühne mysatyre at gmail.com
Mon Jun 11 05:33:34 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:11:40AM +0200, anti wrote:
> I noticed today that my zsh-prompt in the tty's didn't show the same
> letters as in the terminal emulators. First I thought I might have a
> corrupted ~/.zshrc.local, but while it showed the correct encoding in
> geany as well as in the terminal editors in X, it showed a sequence of
> letters (sth like "ßäü") instead of "┌─" when editing it in the tty.
> Invoking 'locale -a' shows as possible locales "en_GB.utf8", while my
> locale in rc.conf was set to "en_GB.UTF-8". Changing the line in rc.conf
> to the locale given by locale -a and rebooting solved the problem.
> My questions:
> 1. Did I find a solution to my problem, or a mere workaround that might
> create more problems after future updates?

Heh... I just noticed locale -a shows the same lowercase .utf8 ending, while
/etc/locale.gen still contains the uppercase ones which I also considered

> 2. Is the incorrect encoding in tty's a serious problem that might
> deserve some warning on the forums or even an announcement, or rather
> something more or less cosmetic?
> 3. (Now I admit to be a newbie...) Is this problem maybe limited to zsh,
> or does it also affect the majority(?) using bash?

Well, the real question is if the problem exists for any terminal program that
uses locale.h/setolocale. Will dig deeper later.


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