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Re: extended ASCII characters do not show up

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: extended ASCII characters do not show up
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 19:50:12 -0400 (EDT)

On Sun, 2 Oct 2005, Rajat Das wrote:


I accidentally sent the last mail before I could finish it. There is more that 
I found.

The problem posted at the following URL is similar to mine.

As you will see at the end of the page, this person has also mentioned that 
this is a bug with
RedHat. I am including the URL below. I am not sure if the bug reported there 
is the same problem
as mine(they are speaking of composed keys).

I also have a few questions:

1. If the problem is that that regular curses library libncurses, cannot handle 
UTF-8 encoding
then how come in Slackware/Mandrake I get the extended ASCII characters without 
compiling with
libncursesw? I mean, I am compiling with the regular library and yet get the 
line drawing

You're running Redhat 9 - what version of Slackware and Mandrake
(and more important, what version of ncurses)

2. What is the role of the locale environment variable in this?

The locale environment variable is used to determine whether to write
UTF-8 or some other encoding. As I noted, for Linux console in UTF-8 mode, one must write UTF-8 to show line-drawing.

Thomas E. Dickey

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