kamikaze at bsdforen.de
Thu Feb 21 06:49:59 UTC 2008
Kevin Monceaux wrote:
> Fellow FreeBSD Fans,
> I've been running FreeBSD on a web/mail server, which I only have remote
> access to, for a while now. At home I've been running Linux since the
> 1.xx kernel days but am considering switching my desktop box to FreeBSD.
> I never given much thought to my locale setting until recently. I'm
> about to start participating in an online Spanish study group, via
> e-mail, and might also be following along with an Old English study
> group. I'm an old fashioned kinda user and prefer to do as much as I
> can via the text console. I compose/read e-mail via Alpine. After some
> trial and error I finally convinced my Linux box, currently running Arch
> Linux, to handle all of the "special" characters I need via the
> console. In the end, it amounted to:
> 1. Add "en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8" to /etc/locale.gen
> 2. run locale-gen
> 3. set LANG to en_US.UTF-8
> 4. Switch to a font that contains the symbols I need. I'm currently
> using one of the Terminus console fonts. For some reason I had to
> switch to a framebuffer console otherwise after executing
> unicode_start the font was way too dim.
> 5. run unicode_start(added to my .cshrc file)
All this is not necessary. Just set the encoding in "/etc/login.conf" and
run cap_mkdb on it afterwards. This is from my login.conf:
You can also set this on a per-user basis in the file "~/.login_conf".
It won't work for the console, but in a terminal emulator (I prefer
rxvt-unicode, but uxterm should also work.) it works fine. My FreeBSD system
uses UTF-8 and I never encountered problems because of this. You just have
to remember to mount fat devices with "-L $LANG".
The only thing to take care of is that the machine you're SSHing from uses
the same charset.
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