Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 51668
threading symbols in mutt running in screen in a gnome terminal
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:00 EDT
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Description of problem:
The threading symbols in mutt do not display correctly when running
mutt inside a screen session inside a gnome terminal. I see m, q, and *
rather than the proper lines I see with the screen session running from the
Steps to Reproduce:
1.in a gnome terminal run "screen mutt"
2.sort messages by thread
3.observe strange characters that represent the threads rather than the
expected lines and right angles and the like
Actual Results: 2504 N Aug 12 Nerijus Baliuna ( 25) x tq>
2505 N Aug 12 Robert Love ( 36) x x mq>
2506 N Aug 12 Manuel McLure ( 29) x
tq> 2507 N Aug 12 Manuel McLure ( 102) x
x mq> 2508 N Aug 12 Linus Torvalds (
21) x x mq> 2509 N Aug 12 Manuel McLure
( 27) x x mq> 2510 N Aug 12 Linus
Torvalds ( 42) x x mq> 2511 N Aug 12
Manuel McLure ( 30) x x mq> 2512 N
Aug 12 Paul G. Allen ( 18) x x mq> 2513
N Aug 12 Linus Torvalds ( 26) x x tq>
2514 N Aug 12 Paul G. Allen ( 58) x x x mq>
2515 N Aug 12 Nicholas Knight ( 29) x x x mq>
2516 N Aug 12 Justin A ( 31) x x tq>
2517 N Aug 12 Mike Frisch ( 23) x x
mq> 2518 N Aug 12 Linus Torvalds ( 18) x tq>
I *think* this may be a bug in slang
I'd guess this has a lot to do with screen's terminfo/termcap entries.
In releases prior to 8.0, we shipped screen with UTF-8 translation enabled.
Unfortunately, screen's UTF-8 handling doesn't appear to work very well, so in
8.0, we disabled it. So, this bug is present (in different forms) on Roswell,
7.2 and 7.3.
In 8.0, a similar behavior occurs - except that in this case, it's not a bug
(because we explicitly disabled UTF-8 support in screen).
I recommend placing the following line in your .muttrc:
It is less visually clean, but worked in all LANG/TERM settings I tried on 7.2
and 8.0. My apologies, but since I received this bug a "bit" late and it's
fixed in our current release, I'm not going to fix it.