Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 39644
problems with gnome-terminal
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:08 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.4 i686)
Description of problem:
gnome-terminal displays german umlauts as blanks. The gnome-terminal from
RedHat 7.0 (included in gnome-core-1.2.1-33) displays german umlauts
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start a gnome-terminal, and enter german umlauts.
This behavior is related to (already reported) lack of internationalized menus
in GNOME. It seems that without defining an LC_ALL environmental variable,
GNOME refuses to use the locale set by LANG. This behavior is against the rules
set in XPG4 and POSIX.2 which defines the LANG to be the choice if LC_ALL is not
defined. Therefore, the scripts /etc/profile.d/lang.sh (and .csh) adhere
correctly to the standard by undefining the LC_ALL variable if it is identical
There are many methods to circumvent the current situation:
1. Explicitly select "Deutsch" in the GDM menu (solves only the problem under X
environemnt). In this case GDM set the LC_ALL variable.
2. Add a line defining LC_ALL="de_DE" after the line with LANG="de_DE", then
edit the files /etc/profile.d/lang.sh by commenting out lines as follow (and
similarly with lang.csh):
if [ -n "$LC_ALL" ]; then
# if [ "$LC_ALL" != "$LANG" ]; then
# unset LC_ALL
This is not a recommended way to solve the problem, because it is important to
make GNOME compliant to XPG4 and POSIX.2. It is possible is that Ximian's GNOME
1.4 has already solve this problems.
Re: umlauts, if you go into gnome-terminal preferences and turn off the "use
multibyte support" setting then it should work. Reopen the bug is not.
Re: LANG/LC_ALL, I believe this is handled entirely by the C library and
gettext(), GNOME isn't doing anything special. Anyway, you said it's being
tracked in another reported bug so I won't leave this bug open for that.
I am not sure whether the C library is really the one to blame. Today, I have
installed the Ximian GNOME 1.4 (which does not update the C library). Now, even
without any LC_xxx set, the gnome-terminal is working properly. Unfortunately, I
am now unable to reproduce the problem (the terminal of GNOME 1.4 also does not
has a such option), may be email@example.com should try this again.
Ximian "fixes" the problem with umlauts by not having Japanese multibyte
support. Red Hat RPMs have a preference option; turn off "use multibyte" to get
the Ximian behavior. Red Hat is in Japanese mode by default.
*** Bug 54084 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***