utf8 characters in terminal

Matthias Apitz guru at unixarea.de
Mon Jul 19 08:20:54 UTC 2010

El día Sunday, July 18, 2010 a las 11:45:40AM -0700, Leonardo M. Ramé escribió:

> Hi, I installed Freebsd 8.1-RC2 in my home server to be used mainly as a file server, it used to have Ubuntu 9.10-Server installed on it, then I backed up (.tar.gz) the /home directory, that contains many spanish accented files and subdirectories in UTF8.
> Now, when I access this machine using ssh, some of those files include "??" and "\303" or similar characters instead of the correct accents.
> What can I do to show the files in the correct way?.
> Leonardo M. Ramé
> http://leonardorame.blogspot.com

I assume your are talking about the names of the files and dir (and not
about the content). Check if the names contain correct UTF-8 encoding
with something like:

$ ls | od -t x1 | more

The have UTF-8 inside the xterm you need somethink like this:

Port xterm from the ports to get UTF-8 support:

# cd /usr/ports/x11/xterm
# make install WITH_256_COLOR=yes WITH_WIDE_CHARS=yes

Then you may use:

$ LANG=es_ES.UTF-8 xterm -T utf8 -fn 10x20  -sb -sl 1024  -cr blue 


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