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Re: [alpine-devel] problem with UTF-8 on console

From: Natanael Copa <ncopa_at_alpinelinux.org>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 13:43:25 +0200

On Thu, 02 May 2013 12:08:41 +0200
Jens Vehlhaber <jens_at_eisfair.org> wrote:

> Hello developers

Hi,
 
> I have a problem with the UTF-8 support on the console. A simple test to
> show you the problem: Install kbd package and with commands
>
> # kbd_mode -u -C /dev/tty1; kbd_mode -u -C /dev/tty2 ...
>
> set keyboard mode to Unicode. Now create a file with a German character
> on its name. This produces the following result:
>
> # touch Müller.txt
> # ls
> M??ller.txt
>
>
> Another simple test with midnight commander:
>
> # mcedit /lib/kbd/consoletrans/utflist
> - Press F7 for search function
> - Type the German character 'ä'
> - The input field show '??'!
> - After pressing enter key, mcedit finds the correct entry
>
> '00e4 ä LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS'
>
>
> (tested with version alpinelinux 2.4.10 and 2.5.4)
>
>
> I miss the locale files for correct usage of UTF-8 characters on the
> limited console character set.

Localization is a weak spot in Alpine Linux (and uclibc in general). I think that support for UTF-8 would be nice, so it would be nice if somebody find out what is needed to make it work.

Do you think you could file a bug for this in bugs.a.o so we don't forget it?

Thanks!

-nc


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