[Pkg-mc-devel] [Bug 758365] Re: mcedit converts all characters into periods

Yury V. Zaytsev yury at shurup.com
Tue Apr 12 07:32:29 UTC 2011

Yes, use package from my PPA or upgrade to Natty.

** Changed in: mc (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Fix Released

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  mcedit converts all characters into periods

Status in “mc” package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: mc

  After upgrading from Lucid 4.7.0-1 to Maverick my installation
  of Midnight Commander worked - except for the mcedit component.
  Opening and displaying existing files works. But when editing any
  files (local / remote) it only ever inserts dots. No alphanumeric or
  other ASCII characters are accepted (=just turned into full stops).

  1 -> .
  2 -> .
  A -> .
  Q -> .

  It's not just a display thing. When saving an edited test file those
  characters really turned out to be full stops, 0x2E.

  More curiously, mcedit accepts all other keystrokes (F10, F2). And it
  displays alphanumeric/ascii input in any dialog boxes (F7 search)
  trouble-free. It's really just the main editor area which turns
  everything into dots.

  Copy and Paste works without turning text into dots. And amusingly
  Menu>Format>Insert-Literals also allows injecting any letters/numbers.


  Downgrading back to the Lucid version 4.7.0-1 however "mcedit" works
  as before. So I assume it's not a locale issue.

  Anyway, TERM=xterm (via gnome-terminal), LANG=de_DE.UTf-8, same for
  en/C locale.

  The Natty version too works correctly for me. Reinstalling I'll get the weird dots again.
  It also happens on the raw console (TERM=linux) and normal `xterm` as well as `xfce4-terminal` (TERM=xterm).

  Not sure if this bug report is of any use. Probably not. No idea what to investigate else here.
  Just wanted to report it. Weirded me out.
  For me this issue will solve itself in a few weeks. (Just upgraded to Maverick to upgrade to Natty later.)

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