UK keyboard and missing ? character

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Thu Aug 14 10:14:45 PDT 2003

On Thu, Aug 14, 2003 at 02:14:10PM +0100, Darren wrote:

> Interesting.  I can type £ at the login prompt, but not when I login
> on console or via remotely via ssh.

Yes -- the shell doesn't just accept any character.  If you set your
output to go to a file -- eg by:

    % cat > foo

then you can easily insert a £ character into the file, and it will
display quite happily.  The characters that you can successfully
generate from the keyboard seem to be quite dependent on the
application receiving them: I can type £ into emacs under X (as I just
did), but I can't do likewise with emacs on the console.
> When I do login, all of the other characters do work, except the £
> character.

What -- even ß or þ or ã?  I can't even generate those on the console
(and I'm feeling too lazy to go an look up how right now) but they
display well enough when I cat a file containing them.
> I don't know if this is related or not, but when I type :
> -bash-2.05b$ export TERM=cons25
> -bash-2.05b$ reset
> /usr/libexec/ reset: Undefined symbol "_nc_rootname"
> -bash-2.05b$ export TERM=cons25l1
> -bash-2.05b$ reset
> /usr/libexec/ reset: Undefined symbol "_nc_rootname"
> However when I execute "reset" on console it works.
> Coming back to the £ issue, is there a problem with 4.8-RELEASE UK keymap?

I don't think so.  That character is certainly being generated as
expected by the obvious keystroke.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.                       26 The Paddocks
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