[elinks-users] Weird characters

Chris Jones cjns1989 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 10:04:16 PST 2011

On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:47:59AM EST, enathaniel at pcis.com wrote:
> Good day guys,
> I'm having a bit of display trouble when using Elinks from Putty:
> http://i.imgur.com/omWJZ.png 
> Would anyone happen to know why?
> System: 
> - Ubuntu Server 10.10
> - Installing elinks from apt-get repo (no modification/customization)
> - Using Putty
> The odd part is that if I use the console directly, elinks will display 
> borders as expected

Saw something similar with the ELinks version that I picked up from the
debian ‘lenny’ repos (may be the same as Ubuntu 10.10), that may have
had something to do with unicode support. The fact that you don't see
the problem in the linux console and see it in putty suggests you may
have run into the same problem.

Anyway, I downloaded the source of a more current version of ELinks and
made sure that I checked ‘VT100 frames’ in the pull down menu (Setup ->
Terminal Options) and the problem went away. 

But then again my environment is quite different, since I have my locale
set to the default UTF-8 and I am using a unicode-capable version of
xterm (uxterm or ‘xterm -u8’). 

Unless someone more knowledgeable comes up with a real solution, I would
suggest you play a bit with changing your locale, switch to a unicode
version of putty (if relevant) or a different emulator, and use the
Terminal Options dialog to specify different frames and see if you get
them to display correctly. I have a feeling that the ‘no frames’ option
that gives you ASCII characters such as ‘+-----+’ instead of the frames
drawn using the prettier line-drawing characters and that should work in
all circumstances. This might provide a tolerable workaround while you
research this further.


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