Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 78379
man displays garbled characters in xterm
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:38 EDT
Description of problem:
man displays garbled characters in xterm when man is outputting
UTF-8, even if xterm's utf-8 support is enabled
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
rpm -q -f `which xterm` reports XFree86-4.2.0-72
xterm -version reports XFree86 4.2.0(165)
rpm -q -f `which konsole` kdebase-3.0.3-13
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run xterm or konsole
2. type 'man man'
3. note that all hyhpens in output are garbled
4. run xterm -u8
5. type 'man man'
6. note that all hyphens in output are invisible
This is not a bug in man; it's a bug in xterm.
A similar bug exists in konsole; see
which snidely says RTFM despite the fact that
the doc for konsole says absolutely nothing about utf-8)
One workaround is to give the command
Another is to run gnome-terminal, which handles
This problem is related to the following other bugzilla entries:
which mistakenly blame the problem on man.
Refer to Bug 78392 for a workaround.
I thought this was obvious - but for the record, Redhat should have rolled
the uxterm script's resources into xterm if they chose to set a UTF-8 locale
(anyone can run uxterm, but some people insist on it being called "xterm")
Additionally, running xterm with -u8 still results in some characters not being
displayed correctly: for example, the AUTHORS section of man xterm appears
different on xterm -u8 as compared with gnome-terminal.
apparently no one read (or understood) my comment.
I cannot reproduce this problem with the latest rawhide version xterm-205-1 ,
using uxterm or the LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 locale and xterm -u8 . Hence, this
bug is being closed . If it is still a problem for you, please re-open.