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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: [Solved] Xfce Terminal does not handle accented characters Reply with quote

I can read my accented characters such as é in all my applications (xterm, aterm, emacs, xemacs, firefox...) but xfce Terminal. This terminal emulator replaces all accented characters by a question mark. Does anyone know why Terminal does not behave as the other applications and how to solve this?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno mate, it works here...

Maybe the font its using doesn't have latin1 accented letters? Try setting a different one.

Otherwise try making sure you've got the latest version of vte and reinstall terminal.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had already tried other fonts, but it did not solve the problem. According to the manual, it is an encoding problem that might be solved using luit. I tried it but without success.

Following your suggestion, I installed the testing version of vte but to no avail. I therefore restore the stable one. Still stuck.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm - I can't tell you precisely why but here xfce-extra/terminal-0.2.8 shows all accentuated characters and the full glory of unicode :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I eventually solved the problem. I accurately followed the gentoo localization and UTF-8 guides to set my desktop in UTF-8, then I could read UTF-8 files. Unfortunately, most of the files that I receive or exchange are in latin-1 that is not readable by Terminal. I have to use luit as described in the Terminal documentation. I had already tried luit, but it had not worked. I suppose that my UTF-8 configuration was not right. Presently, I simply use the command:
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exec luit bash -l
with LC_ALL=en_US at Terminal opening, so I can read by default any latin-1 file. When I have to work on a UTF-8 file, I use iconv to translate the different encoding systems.
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