Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 83007
High ascii characters in man pages
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:50:26 EDT
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Description of problem:
Many of the man pages have high ascii characters. man CGI and try to search for
- (hyphen). Doesn't work. Fire up emacs, meta-X, manual-entry, CGI. Try to
search for - (a hyphen). Doesn't work. Put the cursor on what appears to be a
hyphen. Meta-x =
The mini-buffer shows (among other things) the hex code for the current
character. It will be something above 127 decimal.
The man pages also contain some weird high ascii instead of ' (single quote).
The same problem occurs with man ls
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2. man ls or man CGI
3. select what appears to be a - (hyphen) and check the hex code
Actual Results: The hex code is about 127 decimal.
Expected Results: The hex code should have been 127 decimal or less. Only
characters we can type at the keyboard from emacs or the bash shell should be in
The values for most of the US should be:
Once you save, open another window to the box by logging in again and do a man
ls. The problem should be solved.
Setting environment variables to control the internationalization of the man
pages is great. I tried your recommended settings and they work great.
However, this means that the RH installer missed a setting since it knows my
timezone/language/country, and apparently missed these moderately important
My /etc/sysconfig/i18n reads:
p.s. Is it possible to leave a comment line in i18n with a URL for
documentation? Example lines would be cool. The Linux world needs more examples.
Yes you can leave comments in the file.
FYI, I was having the same problem at the same time you were. I was searching
the bugs for an answer but didn't find one. Turns out it was a quick find for
the answer so I thought I would post.
I don't work for RedHat. :-)
I agree the installation has some sort of bug.
the man/groff combo in rawhide has fixed this problem. dashes are now plain old
ascii dash/minus chars.