Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 133521
Is recommendation of "LESSCHARSET=latin1" a good idea these days?
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:49 EST
Description of problem:
I've been plagued by weird characters when reading man pages
for some time. I knew that some weirdnesses were to be
expected due to (I think) the move to UTF-8 some releases
ago. But I was still seeing more than most people.
Eventually realised that I had this in ~/.bash_profile:
..because this was a workaround recommended in the
BUGS section of "man man". (I had been having the problem
described at the time, and that had fixed it, and then I had
kept the line in my dotfiles. Since about RH 8. Oops.)
For people using UTF-8-happy locales, is this actually a
good recommendation these days? Or should it be amended?
If so, to what? (I have no clue myself.)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. man ping
2. LESSCHARSET="latin1" man ping
there are some people that still try to run their systems in the "old"
mode. the man page says to only put the LESSCHARSET in if you see
"blinking \255 or <AD>"... so it can probably stay in there, as you
won't see these on a properly configured system, thus you wouldn't put