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I have a problem with "man"
when I want see manual of a command, it didn't show normally
inside the manual, there were strange character (like small rectangle)
i think this is about font problem
but I don't know what should I do

can anybody help me?
thanks
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by:shivsa
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u have to fix fonts.

this is for RH7.
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> Using a combination of vi/emacs and man XF86Config:

> 1) Discover which /etc/X11/XF86Config??? is actually being run
>  - (under RedHat 7.1 it's /etc/X11/XF86Config-4)
>  - capture the output of startx using startx >& output.log
> and look for where it reports which one it is using

> 2) Find the fonts section

> 3) Fix it

> You'll want to look for the "how to specify font paths" section in the
> man pages. Essentially it's:

> Section "Files"
>         FontPath "tcp/linux:7100"  
>       FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
>       FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
> EndSection

> The first entry says speak to an XFS using tcp and port 7100.
> The latter two represent actual physical font paths. I think the Unix Font Server
> locally is "unix/:0" but check that in the man pages. Fonts generally
> live in similar directries to the above. You could do a "locate
> fonts.dir" because each font directory must contain that file if you
> can't find them.

> Of course, if you literally can't find them then that may be your
> problem. Reinstall them using rpm, tar xzvf, dpkg or whatever.
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by:shivsa
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if u can resolve with above. then it might be your locale problem.

If you see three characters instead of one in your terminal, it's that your terminal is not UTF-8 aware and man
thinks it is. So, either use a UTF-8 aware terminal (XFree86, xterm) or don't tell man your terminal is UTF-8 (probably a locale issue).

LC_CTYPE=C man tty
to see if that solves the problem.

or
export LANG=C

Put it at the bottom of:
/etc/bashrc

and will be set when you login.
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by:nk2003
ID: 9729846
thanks, it works
I type export LANG=C

can you tell me what it means?  expecialy "C" character
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shivsa earned 500 total points
ID: 9732890
this state that u had locale problem.

by export LANG=C, u setup your locale setting to use C locale.

At program startup, the current language and country setting is retrieved from the operating system. and this way u are telling OS to give u language setting to C locale which is commonly used in USA.
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