Bug 145353 - man displays garbled characters with en_US.UTF-8
man displays garbled characters with en_US.UTF-8
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: groff (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2005-01-17 13:28 EST by B Wooster
Modified: 2013-07-02 19:05 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-01-18 20:32:55 EST
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Description B Wooster 2005-01-17 13:28:55 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5)
Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

Description of problem:
says a similar bug was closed, this is probably related to the same

Single and double quote characters, as well as grave accents, don't
display correctly when I do use man from a ssh shell (TERM is vt100 or
It displays correctly under a KDE term (konsole).

A workaround:

$ LANG=en_us man groff
will display the text for the -N option (word "Don't"), the -P option

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run:   LANG=en_US.UTF-8 man groff
2. look at any word with single quote, double quote or grave accent

Actual Results:  The -N section reads: Don’t instead of Don't...

Expected Results:  word should read: Don't

Additional info:
Comment 1 B Wooster 2005-01-17 13:37:57 EST
The actual results paragraph above seems to show the word don't
correctly on the web page - but the word is garbled in a VT100
terminal, here's what it looks like, hope this shows up as correctly
(showing  the wrong characters!)

ends up displaying as:

Here's the octal dump:
D   o   n 342 200 231   t [octal]
D   o   n 226 128 153   t [decimal]
Comment 2 B Wooster 2005-01-18 20:34:16 EST
Changed to not-a-bug, just discovered that the problem is with the
TerraTerm SSH terminal, which can't handle UTF-8 text - not only man,
but slrn, mutt, etc all break, so this is nothing to do with groff.
Comment 3 Jindrich Novy 2005-01-19 03:44:13 EST
Hello B,

thanks for the investigation. I'm happy it's not a fault of groff
after all ;)


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