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Old 08-12-2018, 10:13 AM   #1
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Problems with UTF-8 characters after installing the multilib in 14.2


I am experiencing some problems when I type UTF-8 characters. I have an issue with nvi, vim and less.

With nvi, if I type a non-ascii character, the program exited with the message: "Aborted (core dumped)".

With vim, non-ascii characters are not properly rendered. For example, the "é" character is inserted as "é ", "€" as "�~B�", etc. I have the same problem with elvis.

With less, some UTF-8 are print in hex value, for exemple, "é" is printed as "<C3><A9>".

Other informations :

- I am running Slackware 14.2,
- I have commented the "export LANG=en_US" line in /etc/profile.d/ file and uncommented the "export LANG=en_US.UTF-8" line,
- when I have installed the multilib, I did it with slackpkg+ but I seleccted the wrong slackware version. I
installed the multilib for -current. So I tried to remove it install the 14.2 one instead,
- I have a quick fix for those problems:

# slackpkg upgrade-all
# slackpkg upgrade multilib
# slackpkg install multilib
But I did not find when and why the problem appears again. Is there a way to fix it?

Thanks !
Old 08-13-2018, 09:39 AM   #2
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It generally annoys people when you duplicate question posts.

Are you opening those in xterms, or runlevel 3 before you start X?
I would try a different codepage, perhaps 850 instead of 437 and look at the bash profile settings. You seem to be fond of Vi clones, though not vim. For xterms, there's also ~/.bashrc.
For those matters the general line of attack is 'keep messing about with adjustments until you're satifsfied, then stop.' I would also go through the individual program's config.

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