[Alpine-info] bug reports
brennan at columbia.edu
Sat May 10 11:00:56 PDT 2008
We've got people using an ancient version of PuTTY that does not
handle UTF 8 correctly. So for now we wanted to configure Alpine
to ISO-8859-1, which we had done for Pine. It fails because Alpine
and Solaris are fighting over the name of ISO-8859-1.
A user's .pine-debug file shows this error near the top:
nl_langinfo(CODESET) returns unrecognized value="ISO8859-1", using UTF-8 as
Someone else reported the same problem here...
I noticed that if I define display-character-set=ISO-8859-1 in my own
.pinerc, it gets taken as is, and it works. If I define it in the
system pine.conf, it gets rewritten into ISO8859-1 and fails.
We're going to work around by getting people to update PuTTY so they
can use UTF 8. However the Alpine bug remains, for any Solaris host
where ISO-8859-x is preferred.
We are still using Alpine 1.00, so I am describing that. But I don't
recall seeing word that this was fixed.
Columbia University Information Technology
--On Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:05 AM -0700 Steve Hubert
<hubert at washington.edu> wrote:
> I think I may be forgetting this case. It sounds like an individual's
> LANG setting (or equivalent) is overriding the default Display Character
> Set set in the global config. That seems correct to me. Can you remind me
> of what I'm missing? Thanks.
> On Tue, 6 May 2008, Joseph Brennan wrote:
>> --On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 1:59 PM -0700 Steve Hubert
>> <hubert at washington.edu> wrote:
>>> If this is the fix I'm thinking about, just setting Alpine's Display
>>> Character Set to the appropriate ISO-8859-1 or (something other than 1)
>>> value should fix it.
>> Should, but does not. That is, setting it in the systemwide pinerc
>> does not work. Setting it in every user's own .pinerc works. But
>> that's crazy.
>> Joseph Brennan
>> Lead Email Systems Engineer
>> Columbia University Information Technology
>> Alpine-info mailing list
>> Alpine-info at u.washington.edu
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