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Old 04-18-2017, 09:56 AM   #1
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No polish signs in mutt


Hello to all forum members

I have trouble with the mutt mail client. Yesterday I installed Debian Jessie, the system is ok, but the in the main view mutt does not show either Polish or German diacritic marks. When I want to put polish diacritic marks while composing new mail, mutt shows strange marks instead of polish signs (for example, "M-E~B" instead of "ł". Also all mutt messages are in English. Interestingly, when I write new mail, diacritic marks are there - that is, the console recognizes Polish characters. As a text editor I use the ne - nice editor. Can you help me?
 
Old 04-18-2017, 11:12 AM   #2
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This is a locale problem. Mutt needs to know that you want Polish messages and that your mail will not be plain ascii. This page should help:
http://dev.mutt.org/trac/wiki/MuttFaq/Charset

I think the locale you need is pl.utf8
 
Old 04-22-2017, 08:34 AM   #3
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It didn't help, mutt still shows ??? instead of polish or german special marks.
That is what the file INSTALL in the mutt source package mutt-1.8.2 says:

Quote:
Character set support
=====================

Mutt no longer contains functions for doing character set conversion.
Instead, it expects the iconv functions (iconv_open, iconv,
iconv_close) to be provided. Most up-to-date systems provide these
functions, often as part of the C library. If you are installing Mutt
on a system which does not have them, it is recommended that you
install Bruno Haible's portable libiconv library, which you can obtain
from:

ftp://ftp.ilog.fr/pub/Users/haible/gnu/

Even if your system does provide the iconv functions, you might want
to install libiconv, as some systems provide only a very limited
version of iconv.


If you decide to use your system's iconv implementation, you may
need to tell mutt about implementation-defined names for some
character sets. Sample configuration files for various systems can
be found in the directory contrib/iconv/ in this source
distribution, and will be installed in the samples/iconv directory
as part of mutt's documentation.
How should I understand this?
 
Old 04-22-2017, 09:25 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by makowka View Post
It didn't help, mutt still shows ??? instead of polish or german special marks.
That is what the file INSTALL in the mutt source package mutt-1.8.2 says:



How should I understand this?
Quote:
, it is recommended that you
install Bruno Haible's portable libiconv library, which you can obtain
from:

ftp://ftp.ilog.fr/pub/Users/haible/gnu/
I'd give that a go ..
because
Code:
Even if your system does provide the iconv functions, you might want
to install libiconv, as some systems provide only a very limited
version of iconv.
then see if that fixes it.
 
Old 04-24-2017, 11:08 AM   #5
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Unortunately, I can't download the portable iconv library from the link (timeout). I will have to compile it by myself.
 
Old 04-27-2017, 02:04 PM   #6
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I have contacted mr Haible and he told me, that Debian already implements libiconv. So it is not necessary to compile it. Any ideas?
 
Old 04-28-2017, 11:47 AM   #7
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It may be that Debian is one of those systems whose iconv is limited. You can get the source from this site, which will not time-out:
http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/libiconv/...nv-1.15.tar.gz

Of course, you could always switch from Mutt to something with built-in Unicode support, like Alpine
http://www.washington.edu/alpine/
 
  


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