problems with backspace when using greek language

George Nychis gnychis at cmu.edu
Mon Aug 7 19:58:55 CEST 2006



Marc Lehmann wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 04:57:01PM -0400, George Nychis <gnychis at cmu.edu> wrote:
>> I have one problem that is not present in xterm but is in urxvt,
>> whenever I hit a backspace, it leaves a hidden character, but only when
>> using the greek language, for instance.
> 
> This is a problem of your shell or kernel (dependong on which os those
> handles the editing), they have to be configured to using utf-8, too. The
> same happens in xterm, too. Check wether you correctly configured an utf-8
> locale for your shell, or, when the shell lets the tty handle the input,
> check wether your kernel supports utf-8.
> 
>> Notice how there is an extra "ce" where i typed the backspace.
> 
> Thats because your shell or kernel only supports single-byte encodings, or
> is configured to do so.
> 
>> does not happen in xterm.
> 
> It does, if you use the same configuration. It really has nothing to do with
> the terminal emulator, the terminal just sends a backspace. If your shell (or
> kernel) incorrectly interprets it, then you need to tell it otherwise.
> 

Thanks for the helpful response.  I was wondering how i determine
whether my shell or my kernel only supports single-byte encodings, or is
configured to do so.

Thanks!
George




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