Bug#397162: vim shows question mark instead of character

Stefano Zacchiroli zack at debian.org
Mon Feb 12 15:29:02 UTC 2007

tags 397162 + moreinfo

> Attached UTF-8 encoded file contains the following characters: U+0022
> U+0010380 U+0022 instead of showing the cuneiform for U+00010380
> (UGARITIC LETTER ALPA), vim shows a question mark. vim has no problem
> displaying for example japanese or extended latin characters.  cat
> shows the file correctly.

According to :help usr_45.txt, that's the "correct" behaviour of vim
when the terminal is not able to display a given unicode character.
Still, if actually you're able to see the file with cat then vim is
apparently wrong about your terminal capabilities.

Unfortunately I'm not able to reproduce the bug since none of my
terminals seem to be able to show the glyph with plain cat. Could you
please give us more info about how to see the glyph in a given terminal?
(e.g. which fonts we need, which locale, ...).

Many thanks in advance,

Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
zack@{cs.unibo.it,debian.org,bononia.it} -%- http://www.bononia.it/zack/
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