Bug 78392 - screen destroys layout of man
screen destroys layout of man
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: screen (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Lon Hohberger
Brock Organ
: 75914 79099 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2002-11-22 00:14 EST by Clemens Schwaighofer
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:48 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-16 16:30:45 EST
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Description Clemens Schwaighofer 2002-11-22 00:14:57 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.2b) Gecko/20021016

Description of problem:
if you call man <prg> in screen it destroys the layout of the man page and makes
it unreadable. testet on a 1024x768 fb and via a ssh session.
lynx or pine for example work ...

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. screen
2. man screen


1. screen man screen

Actual Results:  you will see a mangled man page unable to proper scroll up and
down, not correct line breaks, etc

Expected Results:  a normal formated man page, like you see when you don't use

Additional info:

it doesn't happen on 7.3.94 beta
Comment 1 Lon Hohberger 2002-11-22 09:53:15 EST
Screen's UTF-8 support does not work properly, and so we removed it from 8.0. 
As you can see if you type 'set', LANG generally is "en_US.UTF-8", which causes
the problems you are seeing.

export LANG=en_US 

at the end of ~/.bashrc - this should cause the problem to go away.
Comment 2 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-05 16:04:58 EST
Going to evaluate screen-3.9.13 to see if the UTF-8 problems have been fixed
(thus, allowing us to include UTF-8 support again).
Comment 3 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-05 16:05:13 EST
*** Bug 79099 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-05 16:06:58 EST
*** Bug 75914 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-05 16:21:16 EST
3.9.13 looks promising.  It seems to fix the bug (see #65344) which caused us to
remove UTF-8 support in the first place.
Comment 6 Clemens Schwaighofer 2002-12-11 02:43:04 EST
just when will it be in rawhide ? or in updates for 8.0 ... cause I think
without utf8 things like mc, ntsysv and other ncurses based stuff behave a bit
strange and are actually unusable.
Comment 7 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-11 09:37:51 EST
I'm not sure.  For now, you can grab it from:


Since it's not a released version yet, hold off on filing bugs until it makes it
into (at least) rawhide.
Comment 8 Lon Hohberger 2002-12-16 16:30:45 EST
3.9.13-2 is now in rawhide:


Internal testing reports that this fixes the problem.  Reopen if it is still broken.

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