Bug 11621 - Man pages displaying <AD> at end of lines
Man pages displaying <AD> at end of lines
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2000-05-24 03:10 EDT by Stephen Rasku
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-29 15:26:19 EDT
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Description Stephen Rasku 2000-05-24 03:10:10 EDT
I am getting <AD> displayed at the end of lines for a lot of man pages.  It
will occur on a text console or on a Konsole under KDE and it displays in
the same place on both.  Here's an example, man rwhod:

RWHOD(8)                    System Manager's Manual

     rwhod - system status server

     rwhod [-bpa]

     Rwhod is the server which maintains the database used by the rwho(1)
     ruptime(1) programs.  Its operation is predicated on the ability to
     broadcast messages on a network.

     Rwhod operates as both a producer and consumer of status information.
     a producer of information it periodically queries the state of the
     and constructs status messages which are broadcast on a network.  As a
     consumer of information, it listens for other rwhod servers' status
     sages, validating them, then recording them in a collection of files
     cated in the directory
Comment 1 Pekka Savola 2000-05-25 11:06:59 EDT
'export LESSCHARSET=latin1' fixes this problem.
Comment 2 SB 2000-05-29 15:26:59 EDT
Setting the charset is not a solution for all users.  You need to edit your
/etc/man.config and change this line:
PAGER           /usr/bin/less -is


PAGER           /usr/bin/less -isr

That solves the problem. Here's an explanation in less man page:
-r or --raw-control-chars
       Causes  "raw"  control  characters  to be displayed.  The default is to
       display control characters using the caret notation; for example, a
       control-A (octal 001) is  displayed  as  "^A".   Warning: when  the  -r
       option is used, less cannot keep track of the actual appearance of the
       screen (since this depends on how the screen responds to each type of
       control character).  Thus, various display problems may result, such
       as long lines being split in the wrong place.

I've never experienced any problems the man page indicates so I doubt you will

-Stan Bubrouski
Comment 3 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-08-04 06:18:53 EDT
Thanks, fixed in 1.5h1-8

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