Problems with accentuated characters in man pages

Bug #44548 reported by Goldenear
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
kdebase (Debian)
Fix Released
kdebase (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Scott Kitterman

Bug Description

Binary package hint: konqueror

[Kubuntu Dapper Beta]
I use Konqueror to display man pages. eg man:/usr/share/man/fr/man1/dpkg.1.gz
The issue is that accentuated characters are not displayed correctly ("?" instead of "é").

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Didier Raboud (odyx)
Changed in kdebase:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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Andres Mujica (andres.mujica) wrote :

I can confirm this bug

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declare -x KONSOLE_DCOP_SESSION="DCOPRef(konsole-14519,session-2)"
declare -x LANG="es_CO.UTF-8"
declare -x LANGUAGE="es_CO:es_ES:es:en_GB:en"
declare -x LESSCLOSE="/usr/bin/lesspipe %s %s"

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Topper (t-harley) wrote :

Still not corrected in Feisty (french)...

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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

It seems to be fine with UTF-8 manual pages (which recently started to be supported), so this should clear up eventually. Nevertheless, I think konqueror should depend on man-db (>= 2.5.1-1) and have its man: backend run the file you give it through 'man --recode UTF-8' in order to get a file in an encoding it's happy with.

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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Here's a patch that implements my suggestion. It should be suitable for forwarding to Debian (and I'd appreciate it if you could do so), although it's not upstreamable as yet because it relies on a new enough version of man-db which is far from the only man implementation out there.

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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Whoops, I forgot to update debian/ Updated patch attached. I've also forwarded this to Debian (

Changed in kdebase:
assignee: nobody → kitterman
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in kdebase:
status: Unknown → Fix Released
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package kdebase - 4:3.5.9-0ubuntu2

kdebase (4:3.5.9-0ubuntu2) hardy; urgency=low

  * Add kubuntu_9922_kio_man_utf8.diff: Recode manual pages to UTF-8
    (LP: #44548)
    - Patch thanks to Colin Watson <email address hidden>
  * Update 25_khelp_htdig.diff with correct $kdekdehtmldir location
    - Patch thanks to Rocco Stanzione (from LP: 19767, but is not a complete
      solution to the bug)

 -- Scott Kitterman <email address hidden> Thu, 20 Mar 2008 08:35:34 -0400

Changed in kdebase:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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