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Old 10-05-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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How do i display unicode symbols in tty ?


I am using arch linux. I have this text file (attachment 1), which i use regularly for my documentation in text files. Earlier I was using gnome-terminal and vim to edit text files.

Recently, i have started to practice linux in tty console, so that i become more proficient on boxes without gui. But the problem is - in console, the symbols in text file are not visible (attachment 2).

I tried kmscon, but was wondering is there any native way of achieving without using wrapper.

I also tried this:
setfont /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts/<font> -m 8859-2
Where <font> is font file under that directory. But not working either.

My locale is as follows:
$ localectl status
   System Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8
       VC Keymap: n/a
      X11 Layout: n/a
How do i make symbols (unicode) appear in tty consoles?

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Last edited by mangya; 10-05-2015 at 12:36 PM.
Old 10-06-2015, 07:49 AM   #2
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I don't think you can do what you want with the very basic TTY.

I don't know a definitive answer but TTY evolved long before Unicode and is a 7 or 8 bit format. This is consistent with the first 127 characters (US-ASCII) and 255 (ISO-8859-1) i.e. x'0' to x'FF'. The characters in your examples are not in the first 255. On my system the keyboard has been defined as English'UK extended which gives European accents. I enclose my settings.

peter@library:~$ localectl status
System Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
VC Keymap: n/a
X11 Layout: gb
X11 Model: pc105
X11 Variant: extd

You should be able to set up your keyboard settings to allow the accents with TTY to be entered directly. Otherwise you need an editor which supports full Unicode and a font that contains the characters. Sorry not to give you the answer you wanted...Peter
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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Thanks Peter, appreciate your help. I guess I should stick to kmscon then. I have set kmscon to tty3.



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