command line applications don't handle accented characters well
cwb at lim.nl
Wed Nov 24 21:22:47 UTC 2004
Paul Tomblin wrote:
> Before "upgrading" to Fedora Core 3 from RedHat 9,
> termcap/terminfo/ncurses applications handled accented characters
> well. But now, they're a mish-mash.
Paul, I have seen a raft of such problems, even without using ssh. This
afternoon, K3b refused to create a temp file for writing to a CD because
the title had an accent. This week, I copied a lot of MP3s from my old
OS/2 drive via CDs, and I have had a huge amount of work cleaning up the
accents in the filenames. In the terminal directory lists, such
characters showed up as small boxes; when copying on the command line,
they displayed as \###. In Nautilus, they are question marks with
"(Invalid Unicode character)" appended to the filename. I have been
trying to write some simple shell scripts to clean up filenames with
accents, but I am hampered and frustrated by the inconsistency in the
way (and/or) my ignorance of how they are handled by the system.
I have only been using Fedora a couple of months, and hence surprised to
read that accented characters were handled better in an early incarnation.
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