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Bug 77607 - Can't view man pages when running screen
Can't view man pages when running screen
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: screen (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Lon Hohberger
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-11-10 13:56 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:48 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-11-11 11:40:47 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2002-11-10 13:56:55 EST
Description of Problem:
If you are running screen, some man pages are truncated and man becomes 
unusable.  It seems that some man pages are generating escape sequences that 
are not supported by screen.  This makes man completely unusable under screen.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
man 1.5j-11
screen 3.9.11-10

How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run 'screen'
2. Run 'man dump'

Actual Results:
Partial man page, no 'less' promp, unresponsive to keyboard input.

Expected Results:
Complete man page, 'less' prompt, responsive to keyboard input.

Additional Information:
'dump' man page one of many that seem to break under screen.  Try a few to find 
Comment 1 Leonid Mamtchenkov 2002-11-10 18:48:56 EST
Try different values for you TERM environment variable for starters:
export TERM=linux
man dump

export TERM=xterm
man dump

export TERM=vt100
man dump
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2002-11-10 20:27:18 EST
All three TERM settings fail as reported.  Confirmed both on console and putty 
Comment 3 Lon Hohberger 2002-11-11 09:35:24 EST
We built screen without UTF-8 support in Red Hat Linux 8.0.  This is because the
UTF-8 support in screen was causing more problems than it solves.  So, to fix
this, we need to tell other programs not to use UTF-8 languages (which confuse


export LANG=en  (or LANG=C)

man dump

Should work.  You could put the "export LANG=en" in your .bashrc.
Comment 4 Need Real Name 2002-11-11 11:40:40 EST
Changing LANG solves problems.  Thanks for quick reply.

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