Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 209423
Redhat UTF-8 patch to kernel breaks old, non-utf applications
Last modified: 2014-03-16 23:02:56 EDT
Description of problem:
When I disable UTF-8, console (text mode, framebuffer vga=791) will not display
my national characters, and TUI apps which displays frames looks ugly
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
My /etc/sysconfig/i18n looks as follows:
Steps to Reproduce:
1. set /etc/sysconfig/i18n as shown above
2. reboot system
3. try to use any console software, e.g. Midnight Commander
fonts and tables are unreadable and unusable
software has to work as in older kernels e.g. 2.6.15
The only solution for me at this time is disable redhat patch #2104 and
recompile kernel rpm. so PLEASE DISABLE THIS UGLY PATCH OR FIND A SOLUTION (
kernel parameter or something ) to disable this behaviour
Lot of people still uses old, closed-source, non-UTF applications, and don't
need UTF-8 on text console, so why RedHat will break this?
Bill, this was your idea I believe ? :-)
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.
Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.
This bug has been placed in NEEDINFO state.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, if this bug is
still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
Should this bug still be relevant after this period, the reporter
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comment to the bug.
In the last few updates, some users upgrading from FC4->FC5
have reported that installing a kernel update has left their
systems unbootable. If you have been affected by this problem
please check you only have one version of device-mapper & lvm2
installed. See bug 207474 for further details.
If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.
If this bug has been fixed, but you are now experiencing a different
problem, please file a separate bug for the new problem.
Created attachment 138712 [details]
patch for this issue
Try the attached patches for /etc/profile.d/lang.* and /sbin/setsysfont. Does
this solve the problem for you?
Yes, attached patch solved my problem. Thank You very much, now everything is OK.
(In reply to comment #3)
> Created an attachment (id=138712) 
> patch for this issue
> Try the attached patches for /etc/profile.d/lang.* and /sbin/setsysfont. Does
> this solve the problem for you?
OK, moving to initscripts, will try and get this pushed for FC5.
initscripts-8.31.6-1 has been pushed for fc5, which should resolve this issue. If these problems are still present in this version, then please make note of it in this bug report.
*** Bug 197604 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***