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Old 01-25-2005, 05:28 AM   #1
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Putty and Character encoding problems


It's not the first thread concerning this, I know. Still, I am unable to find the solution...

I have a Fedora Core 3 system as my Linux router.
I have a Windows client to work on, with Putty to connect to the router.

As RedHat has a preference for utf-8 for a while now, I don't want to mess with the '/etc/sysconfig/i18n' file, leaving it as:

Though, when I connect using Putty, weird things happen. I narrow this topic down to mc (midnight commander) and iptraf, but it carries further that this (like man pages (for certain characters) and other, line drawing, applications).

I created the following table with encodings and results:

| Putty setting | LANG variable | MC result | iptraf result |
| UTF-8         | en_US.UTF-8   | OK        | X (lqqqk)     |
| ISO 8859-15   | en_US.UTF-8   | X (��)    | OK            |
| ISO 8859-15   | en_US         | OK        | OK            |
| UTF-8         | en_US         | X (lqqqk) | X (lqqqk)     |
I could change the LANG in /etc/sysconfig/i18n to not have the UTF-8 suffix. This is, as written above, not desirable, as utf-8 is the RedHat/Fedora default.

The question is, is there a good way (besides poor man's drawing) to have the linux box have the UTF-8 encoding and putty display it right on all occasions?

I would appreciate all the help . . .
Old 07-30-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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Make sure you have Putty configured to accept UTF-8 encoded data instead of Windows-1252. The setting is under Window->Translation->Character set.
Old 07-30-2007, 04:46 PM   #3
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Make sure you have Putty configured to use UTF-8 for it's character set and not Windows-1252/ISO-8859-1. The setting is under Window->Translation->Character set.


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