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I like rxvt because it has a small footprint and no dependencies, but I can't get my version to display all characters properly. The problem occurs with man pages (but ...
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    [SOLVED] Bad character display in rxvt


    I like rxvt because it has a small footprint and no dependencies, but I can't get my version to display all characters properly. The problem occurs with man pages (but that's not serious because I have a specialised viewer for them) and also with compilation error reporting, where it really is a pain in the neck. The output is peppered with a-circumflex characters (which rxvt apparently uses as oops! markers) to the point of being unreadable. I have sometimes had to switch to a virtual console just to decipher it.

    I've checked the options in the rxvt man page but there doesn't seem to be anything relevant. I don't remember this happening in the good old days when I used rxvt with Red Hat 6.
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    Not sure what the problem might be hazel, but after leaving rxvt and moving to rxvt-unicode, I never looked back.

    Have you tried it to see if it might display any better for you?

    Otherwise, could it be that switching to another font might help, such as Terminus?
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    Thanks, Ozar, that's brilliant! I just installed a lite version of rxvt-unicode via synaptic and it seems to display all characters correctly, though it makes an ugly mess of the bold font I was using previously. I guess I'll just have to experiment a bit with fonts until I find one that fits the new program.
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