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Description of problem:
When non-latin language is selected for the system
(For example, Russian: LANG=ru_RU.koi8r),
then during the initialization BEFORE system font is set to the
right one, ALL the system init. messages are displayed with
international characters but with wrong font.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RH 7.x linux choosing Russian language for the system
2. Boot the system
Actual Results: Look at the broken initialization messages with wrong font.
The language of messages is Russian, but russian font is not set
yet, so all non-latin1 characters are shown as garbage.
Expected Results: Right system font MUST be set BEFORE printing ANY
Use only english messages before setting the right font
or set the right font at the FIRST step, before any messages
This bug is inherited from older 7.x distributions.
Really, this problem appeared just after RH decided to print
init. messages in non-english languages.
Closing bugs on older, no longer supported, releases. Apologies for any lack of
In current releases, we set the font *very* early, so this should be fixed.