[Reportbug-maint] Bug#487674: Bug#487674: reportbug: locks up on non 8-bit chars in subject line

Tim Connors reportbug at rather.puzzling.org
Mon Jun 23 23:32:33 UTC 2008

On Mon, 23 Jun 2008, Chris Lawrence wrote:

> This one's a bit odd; Tim's locale is being detected as an ISO-8859-1
> locale (see the log), not UTF-8.  I'd imagine spewing ISO-8859-1 to a
> terminal that's expecting UTF-8 will make things explode rather in all
> sorts of interesting ways, no matter what program you're using--I'd be
> shocked if even "man" works right on this terminal, with its use of
> extended hyphens and quotation marks.

Is the terminal necessarily expecting UTF8 (I know I wrote utf8 in my last
sentence, but I'm not sure I meant it)?  It's just a normal xterm without
any of the fancy schmancy internationalisation stuff intentionally turned

> Switching from en_AU to en_AU.UTF-8 should fix things; this may
> require a dpkg-reconfigure -plow locales to establish the needed
> locale and then a choice at gdm/kdm/whatever to change into the UTF-8
> locale.

Manpages work fine when using ISO-8859-1, which has not been my experience
in the past when trying to use utf8, and you end up with all these ugly
characters over the screen.

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up development, you never solve the problem.  -- John Kelly in debian-user

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