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Bug 80907 - man pages don't display correctly
Summary: man pages don't display correctly
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kdebase
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Thomas Woerner
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Depends On:
Blocks: 79579 CambridgeTarget
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-02 05:05 UTC by Jason McCormick
Modified: 2008-01-17 17:49 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2003-07-30 23:08:22 UTC

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Description Jason McCormick 2003-01-02 05:05:36 UTC
Description of problem:
  Some man pages don't display correctly in any terminal setup using either
konsole/kterm or xterm in KDE.

Screenshot of Konsole/Kterm with 'man tar' -

Screenshot of Xterm with 'man tar' -

Screenshot of gnome-terminal with 'man tar' -

I've tried setting various font and other settings and man pages, particularly
characters using - or / appear as small squares (kterm) or are completely absent
(xterm).  If I use Gnome and view man pages through gnome-terminal, everything
appears normal.  Some man pages work fine (see 'man gcc' or 'man emacs') but
others are unreadable due to the small squares.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
  I'm using the default pages that came with 8.0.92 / Phoebe

How reproducible:
  Always with certain types of man pages

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open Konsole
2. 'man tar' (bad)
3. 'man 1 crontab' (bad)
4. 'man gcc' (fine)
5. 'man  gzip' (fine in some places, squares in others)
Actual results:
  Man pages are formatted incorrectly

Expected results:
  Correctly formatted man pages

Additional info:
  Can provide more screenshots if necessary.  This was also present in 8.0 but I
assumed it would be fixed in the next release since RH8 was a new branch of KDE
and was somewhat minor but I filed since I noticed it was still present in Phoebe.

Comment 1 Michael Wardle 2003-01-14 03:59:39 UTC
Bug 80544 relates to problems displaying manual pages in Konsole.

Comment 2 Jason McCormick 2003-01-22 03:32:46 UTC
Troubleshooting some Perl problems, I ran into the UTF-8 isues with older Perl
code.  On a whim I did a:

LANG=en_US; export LANG

And this cleared up the manpage formatting issues.  Perhaps this is some help. 
I gathered from reading other bug reports that i18n support could be causing the
problem.  This is at least a temp workaround for the issue.

Comment 3 Ngo Than 2003-02-01 09:24:37 UTC
does it show man page correct if you use fixed font in konsole?
konsole works with fixed font at best.

Comment 4 Ngo Than 2003-02-03 19:07:07 UTC
Thomas, is it a groff issue? does the new groff fix this problem? please close it
if it's fixed.

Comment 5 Tim Waugh 2003-02-06 09:57:28 UTC
This seems to be fixed with the current groff and less packages.

Comment 6 Bill Nottingham 2003-07-30 23:08:22 UTC
Closing out some bugs that have been in MODIFIED state. Please reopen if they

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