National characters in the command window

Saro Engels
Mon Jan 15 18:21:00 GMT 2007

Enrique Perez-Terron schrieb:
> I have a Norwegian keyboard, and when I type the national characters on 
> the command
> line, nothing shows up - that is, the æ (the ae ligature) and å (a with 
> ring above) keys do not
> respond, while the ø (o with slash across) key produces 'o'.  
> Dead-accent key combinations
> produce nothing.  The cursor does not advance.
> I have a file with the ae ligature in the file name. The command "ls | 
> od -t x1" shows that
> character as 0xe6, consistent with latin1 or with cp1252. "ls" to the 
> screen displays the
> file name properly. It seems the problem only affects keyboard input.
> In a regular "dos" cmd window I can type file names with national 
> characters, and list the file
> names.
> The environment vairables LANG and LC_* are not set. I have not found 
> any setting of these
> that make a difference.
> The command
> in the bash window returns 437.  In 436, the ae ligature is 0x91.
> In a regular dos cmd window, "dir > dirfile" produces a file that 
> contains cp437 coded file names.
> The ae ligature is 0x91. I determine this by "od < dirfile" in the bash 
> window.
> Using chcp to set codepage 1252 in the bash window makes the ae ligature 
> display as the greek
> mu character when doing "ls" to the screen.  "ls | od" still shows 0xe6 
> (1252) for the ae ligature.
> On input, the o-slash key nno longer produces 'o'. It produces nothing. 
> The cursor does not
> advance.  Starting a new bash process in the same window does not seem 
> to change anything.
> I have found so little about this on the net, that I believe I must be 
> missing something very
> basic in my cygwin installation. Does everybody else have the same problem?
> Is there a good description anywhere of how these things work?
> Thanks
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Do you use the norwegian keyboard layout for your X-server?
try adding -xkblayout [xx] where [xx] should be no in your case.
I had difficulties recently when updating with german layout as well.

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