Block Chars in man pages after completing LFS

Ryan Isaacs ryanisaacs at
Mon Feb 23 18:46:43 PST 2009

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Agathoklis D. Hatzimanikas
<a.hatzim at> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 23, at 12:38 Ryan Isaacs wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Agathoklis D. Hatzimanikas
>> <a.hatzim at> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Feb 23, at 10:03 Ryan Isaacs wrote:
>> >
>> >> Setting LANG to 'en_US.UTF-8', I'm still seeing the block character in
>> >> 'man udev'.
>> >
>> > Is this happening under X or under a virtual console? Do you have a
>> > capable font to display the glyph?
>> >
>> Virtual console. With console, does the font question still apply?
> It was meant for the virtual console.
> Try to set up the console script, as it is explained with details in
> "7.6. Configuring the Linux Console", reboot and see if your problem
> persists.

That looks like the issue. I found in my notes that I skipped section
7.6 because I really didn't understand it, and since I'm a
plain-old-ascii-english user. However, that seems to conflict with my
choice of iso8859-1 or utf-8 for LANG.

I set the font on the command line with 'setfont lat1-16 -m 8859-1',
and voila, the single quotes showed up in 'man udev'. However, my
solution for now is to not set LANG in /etc/profile, continue with no
/etc/sysconfig/console, and just inherit the defaults. With this, I
get the single quotes in 'man udev'.

I think I would like to use LANG=en_US.UTF-8, but I don't know what
the meshing values in /etc/sysconfig/console should be. I need to do
some learning.

Thanks for all the help, everyone.

ryanisaacs at

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