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

Mantas Mikulėnas grawity at gmail.com
Mon Jun 11 09:49:24 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM, Martti Kühne <mysatyre at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> valid.

There shouldn't be any difference in behavior; see
for an explanation.

The `tree` tool is one unfortunate exception. I never get around to
filing a bug report about it. Maybe initscripts and/or your shellrc
also have a broken test for ".utf-8"?

Mantas Mikulėnas

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