vt(4) iso-8859-1 latin accentuated characters do not show on console

Vitalio D v.dol_s at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 11 21:26:58 UTC 2017

Hello Ben, Steve, Polytropon

Well unfortunately it's not working still.
As I've mentioned it seems to work only
for login prompt (the moment after boot when "login:" is displayed).
Once I'm logged in I can't type accentuated chars anymore. Got nothing
special though. Just default xterm (set in /etc/ttys) and csh as shell.

From: Ben Woods <woodsb02 at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 9:19:10 PM
To: Vitalio D
Cc: Polytropon; freebsd-questions at freebsd.org; steve at sohara.org
Subject: Re: vt(4) iso-8859-1 latin accentuated characters do not show on console

On Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at 9:49 am, Vitalio D <v.dol_s at hotmail.com<mailto:v.dol_s at hotmail.com>> wrote:
Hello, Polytropon, Steve

Thank you guys for your help. I've figured it out finally.
So to use vt(4) with accented west European glyphs I had to do the following
in ~/.login_conf


in rc.conf

Steve, yes the handbook I was trying to read is fr_FR.ISO8859-1. There is no fr_FR.UTF-8 handbook unfortunately (at least did not find on svn).
Also should the handbook (the i18l section) be updated since vt(4) is default driver?

Hi Vitalio,

That’s great it’s now working for you!

Do you think you would be able to generate some text to add to the i18l section of the handbook with your findings about vt(4), and submit it in a bug report?

You could initially just submit this as plain text, or even better if you wanted to go the next step, as a diff to the handbook source.


Instructions on how to submit improvements to the handbook are described in French here:



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