Posted Feb 11, 2006 5:08 UTC (Sat) by pimlott
In reply to: Better explanation?
Parent article: Setting up international character support (Linux.com)
For a unicode-based environment, you should have only to set your LANG environment variable to en_US.UTF-8 (assuming the en_US part is right for you). (Be sure it's set when X starts, not just when your shell starts, say in .xsession if you use a display manager.) xterm and I hope other modern terminal programs will recognize the locale, and so encode/decode the terminal streams as utf-8 and use a unicode font. While some instructions advise using a special terminal program or passing it special flags, I never had to do any of that (thank goodness). Then cat some utf-8 text and see the pretty symbols. :-) Any other well-written program should likewise honor LANG (although many allow further configuration as well, in case you need to deal with other encodings sometimes).
I can't tell you anything about the rest of your question.
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