[sclug] Euro Symbol the answer. :-(

lug at assursys.co.uk lug at assursys.co.uk
Thu Nov 6 00:24:29 UTC 2003

On Thu, 6 Nov 2003 lug at assursys.co.uk wrote:

> (PINE) was configured as ISO-8859-1, it showed it as a question mark. It
> would appear that my terminal is still configured as ISO-8859-1 as even if
> PINE is reconfigured for ISO-8859-15, I see your Euro sign as the 'former
> international currency sign' (i.e. the small square with 'legs' at each
> vertex). If I try to type a euro symbol, I can't, regardless of which mode
> PINE is in. I can type euro symbols in graphical editors (e.g. gedit,
> probably evolution too).

Further, I see that I can if
$ echo $LANG

I cannot type euro characters.

If I start the terminal using:

$ LANG=de_DE at euro gnome-terminal --disable-factory

I can type euro symbols at both the bash prompt and in 'joe'. If, however, I
start the terminal as

LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 at euro gnome-terminal --disable-factory

Then I can type euro symbols at the shell prompt, yours get displayed as
???, and if I type euro symbols in joe (or vim), they appear as ?~B?. :-C
Additionally, ISTR, I tweaked $LANG from the .UTF-8-including RH8 default
to plain en_GB as man pages were being displayed strangely.

I think maybe we've discovered the TRUE reason why Britain still hasn't
joined the euro; not for any political or economic reasons, but because our
character sets are all messed up. ;-)

Still, generally, the only place I need to type euro symbols (my office
suite - OO.o), it all works smoothly and as expected. I print to PDF for
redistribution. ;-)

> Alex.

Alex Butcher      Brainbench MVP for Internet Security: www.brainbench.com
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