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Old 06-24-2009, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question Line-drawing characters not longer drawn in console after kernel upgrade - why

I just upgraded in Ubuntu from 2.6.28-13 to 2.6.30 and now I get no line-drawing characters in applications like alsamixer; instead they are replaced by 127-bit chars like 'lqqk'.

As a coder, I'd really like to understand what happened - what changed (file in /etc?) affecting terminal capabilities, and what does the kernel have to do with it .

regards, Ariel

PS: the distro is Jaunty and I used the debs at

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Old 06-25-2009, 08:14 AM   #2
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Might want to start here..

Other Display Problems

* Line-drawing characters come out as x's and q's
* Line-drawing characters come out as Latin-1 characters
* Line-drawing characters do not appear

I think the issue is tied to the utf-8 locale..

Last edited by farslayer; 06-25-2009 at 08:24 AM.
Old 07-06-2009, 12:15 AM   #3
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Thanks farslayer, the problem fixed itself after a reboot. I bookmarked your link for future reference and education


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