Xterm options for correct man page display?

Thomas Dickey dickey at radix.net
Sat Oct 6 11:32:02 UTC 2012

On Sat, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:31:07AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 06, 2012 at 10:45:52AM +0100, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
> > [ Ronald F. Guilmette wrote on Sat  6.Oct'12 at  2:25:04 -0700 ]
> > 
> > > 
> > > When I view man pages in a xterm window, some parts of them are coming
> > > out a bit garbled.
> > > 
> > > I'm sure that there must be some recommended option or options for
> > > xterm that will cause man pages to display properly.  If someone would
> > > tell me what those options are, I would appreciate it.  Thanks.
> > 
> > It will most likely be due to your locale settings. Also, I experimented with fonts in xterm and uxterm, only the default font allowed unicode charaters to display, so I am now using urxvt and it works great. I also changed my pager option in the shell start up file to less as opposed to more, and set lesscharset environment variable, man pages display fine now for me.
> For people using UTF-8, the uxterm script works out of the box...
> The usual problem with fonts is from overwriting the utf8Fonts resource
> setting via a too-wide "fonts" wildcard pattern.

For example


Thomas E. Dickey
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