Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 468065
German umlauts are not correctly displayed in tty shells
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:37:37 EST
Description of problem:
The tty shells (the ones accessible via Ctrl+Alt+Fx) do not display my german umlauts correctly. Instead of the umlauts other charakters are displayed: the ä is displayed as a greek z, the Ä is displayed as a small 'ä', the ö is displayed as an old divide by sign (horizontal dot-dash-dot), the Ö is displayed as a û, the ü is an upper n, the Ü the sign for the British pound and the ß is displayed as an old German s (looks much like a f).
However, this is a display matter only: if I edit a file, enter some of these chars and open this file again under my KDE session all character look perfect.
Besides, other ouput like error messages or man pages are also only affected when viewed in the tty shells.
Install Fedora 10 in German.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 10 in German
2. Switch to a tty (Ctrl+Alt+F2)
3. Enter some German umlauts
The umlauts are not correctly displayed (but correctly saved!)
The umlauts should be displayed correctly.
My locale output:
How does "man man" say look for you? It looks ok for me here with rawhide.
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Screenshot on console with umlauts
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Screenshot on gedit with umlauts
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I've tried rawhide box installed yesterday, which should be 20081021 tree. and both results looks same to me.
"man man" looks exactly like I described - but on ttys only!
That is important: the problem I described only affects the character display on ttys. The screenshots you made look much like they were taken under X - there I have no issues at all. On X, and therefore in gedit, Konsole or whatever I have no problems. But if I switch to a tty with Ctrl+Alt+F2 I do have problems.
Is there a way to create a png (!) screenshots of a tty? The only possibility I found was to do a 'setterm -dump 2', and that does indeed shows encoding problems - but the problematic chars are only replaced by a ? sign (black on white background). If it helps I can take a photo of the tty to better highlight the problem.
What I've tried rawhide is installed on vmware and took a screenshot with its feature. as I wrote as comment, first screenshot was exactly what I've taken on the console. to clarify, does it look good for you? then you may be missing something or already fixed in any packages recently. try yum upgrade and reboot. otherwise are you explicitly setting up SYSFONT envvar? see what does "echo $SYSFONT" say on the console.
Yes, the first screenshot looks perfect for me. And I do have a system fully up2date, the problem is there since my first installation some weeks ago and has been there since then.
The sysfont variable is empty.
(In reply to comment #7)
> The sysfont variable is empty.
That sounds like the problem. I am assuming this is fixed in current rawhide now.
Which package contains the variable, and what should it be set to?
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
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I re-installed my system with a 64bit version of Fedora 10 final - and the problem still persists!
Could explain again exactly what you did? It is a fresh install on a new filing system and no old partitions?
What is the content of /etc/sysconfig/i18n?
I just tried with a fresh install of F10 Live i386 and "LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 man man" displays fine for me.
I tried a German install too of F10 from Live and see
in /etc/sysconfig/i18n. Again "man man" displays fine on console.
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