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Re: [vile] problem with 'wide characters' (utf-8) under macosx

From: j. van den hoff
Subject: Re: [vile] problem with 'wide characters' (utf-8) under macosx
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:32:52 +0100
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a further observation: the test file I've used just contains the lines


i.e \u00E4 and \u00F6. in the show-variables list there is then one entry:

$bufname = ä

in both terminal emulators (urxvt, here is the strange thing (for me): in urxvt the file content is displayed properly, but `bufname' is diplayed as

 $bufname = ä  (hope this goes through the mail as intended...)

while in it's the other way round: the file content is diplayed via the
utf-8 hexcodes and `bufname' appears correctly displayed as

$bufname = ä.

More important, I think I've found the "solution" just now: I looked hard at my .vilerc again and found a setting `set file-encoding=auto' (it seemed to be required at one point in the past but I can't recall the reason why I added this anymore). just deactivating it leads to proper
display in the

so it seems it was just my fault after all. apologies for "spamming" the list ... but while I am at it: reading the help regarding `file-encoding' did not really clarify to me what was wrong with the `auto' setting (and then only for any clarifications would be

thanks for bothering,


On Sat, 06 Dec 2014 07:49:29 +0100, Brendan O'Dea <address@hidden> wrote:

On 6 December 2014 at 09:39, j. van den hoff <address@hidden> wrote:
[...] I want to use it in the native `' coming
with macos. here's the problem: despite `' being set up for
utf-8 character encoding, vile displays
non-ascii characters by their hexcode such as \u00E4. [...]

Hi Joerg,

Could you paste the contents of the buffer produced by :show-variables
when you are in a file which has such a problem?

The output of the locale command from the shell and the value of $TERM
may also be useful.


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