Bug 83007 - High ascii characters in man pages
Summary: High ascii characters in man pages
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man-pages
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Eido Inoue
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
URL: na
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-29 14:59 UTC by Tom Laudeman
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-02-20 21:27:08 UTC

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Description Tom Laudeman 2003-01-29 14:59:31 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.0.1) Gecko/20020830

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):

How reproducible:

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
man pages.

Additional info:

Comment 1 David Dombek 2003-02-12 19:09:20 UTC
check /etc/sysconfig/i18n

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.

Comment 2 Tom Laudeman 2003-02-12 19:39:36 UTC
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.

Comment 3 David Dombek 2003-02-12 19:51:38 UTC
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.

Comment 4 Eido Inoue 2003-02-20 21:27:08 UTC
the man/groff combo in rawhide has fixed this problem. dashes are now plain old
ascii dash/minus chars.

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