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Bug 1417166 - [enhancement] rxvt-unicode compiled with unicode3 flag
Summary: [enhancement] rxvt-unicode compiled with unicode3 flag
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rxvt-unicode
Version: 25
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Andreas Bierfert
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-01-27 12:01 UTC by Davide Maglio
Modified: 2018-11-15 19:05 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Enhancement
Doc Text:
Feature: Unicode3 flag Reason: Incompatible with powerline symbol Result:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:39:36 UTC
Type: Bug

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actual situation (8.99 KB, image/png)
2017-01-27 12:01 UTC, Davide Maglio
no flags Details

Description Davide Maglio 2017-01-27 12:01:14 UTC
Created attachment 1245104 [details]
actual situation

Description of problem:
When i try to use Powerline into urxvt256 i don't see powerline symbol. i have installed powerline fonts but still not working. it's only an enhancement 

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Comment 1 Luke Hinds 2017-02-25 10:26:03 UTC
I have this issue too, and looking into this (unless I have misunderstood something), rxvt-unicode is compiled without any unicode support at all

urxvt --help 2>&1 | grep options
options: perl,xft,styles,combining,blink,encodings=eu+vn+jp+jp-ext+kr+zh+zh-ext,fade,transparent,tint,pixbuf,XIM,frills,selectionscrolling,wheel,slipwheel,smart-resize,cursorBlink,pointerBlank,scrollbars=plain+rxvt+NeXT+xterm

This is quite a key feature as a lot of users often run powerline and need unicode support.

Comment 2 Benjamin N 2017-06-03 11:33:37 UTC
Hi guys,

As we can see in the specs (https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/rxvt-unicode-256color/sources/spec/), the package rxvt-unicode-256color is not compile with unicode3, but the multilingual version is (rxvt-unicode-ml). I don't know if it is on purpose, anyway a simple workaround is to install and use rxvt-unicode-ml.


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Comment 5 Michal Halenka 2018-07-16 15:06:12 UTC
This is still valid on Fedora 28

rxvt-unicode3 is still not not compiled with unicode3 option, which causes powerline symbols and other unicode characters display uncorrectly. 

# urxvt --help                                    
rxvt-unicode (urxvt) v9.22 - released: 2016-01-23
options: perl,xft,styles,combining,blink,encodings=eu+vn+jp+jp-ext+kr+zh+zh-ext,fade,transparent,tint,pixbuf,XIM,frills,selectionscrolling,wheel,slipwheel,smart-resize,cursorBlink,pointerBlank,scrollbars=plain+rxvt+NeXT+xterm
Usage: urxvt [options] [-e command args]

Comment 6 Jan Pokorný [poki] 2018-11-15 19:05:24 UTC
I believe two things are being, regrettably, conflated here:

1. some compiled variants of urxvt are not compiled with "unicode3"

2. Powerline doesn't work out of the box, even when powerline-fonts
   package installed and urxvt properly configured to use it
   (e.g. via "-fn xft:...,xft:powerline") and that's because
   powerline-fonts carries rather a fouled font in a way it doesn't
   contain any "standard" character urxvt could use to get the font
   metrics (width) right:



re 1.: use the variants that are "unicode3" per [comment 2], end of story

re 2., diehard variant:
       work with powerline-fonts upstream and persuade them to make the
       font sane so that the width can be detected correctly in urxvt
       (or converesely, with urxvt upstream that it needs more
        sophisticated way to detect such width if at all possible)

re 2., easy variant (this is what I am sticking with for the time being):
       install and use the explicitly patched variant of your favourite
       (monospace) font: https://github.com/powerline/fonts

All in all, please stop conflating two separate issues.  Merely based
on the bug summary of this bug, the problem was with 1. which is
a solved problem so that's rightfully closed now.  You can open a new
one regarding point 2., but that could/should as well be targeting
powerline-fonts, i.e. powerline component.

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