Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 80907
man pages don't display correctly
Last modified: 2008-01-17 12:49:42 EST
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
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)
Man pages are formatted incorrectly
Correctly formatted man pages
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.
Bug 80544 relates to problems displaying manual pages in Konsole.
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.
does it show man page correct if you use fixed font in konsole?
konsole works with fixed font at best.
Thomas, is it a groff issue? does the new groff fix this problem? please close it
if it's fixed.
This seems to be fixed with the current groff and less packages.
Closing out some bugs that have been in MODIFIED state. Please reopen if they