problem with locale (characters codeset etc...)
I have not so far been able to get 'Lifelines' to work with the
appropriate char codeset on my new Lenny system. What is amazing is that
it did work on the same machine with my old Debian Sarge ; more amazing
yet, it operates adequately on my laptop running on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy
On both machines, I first installed Lifelines-3.0.61from the rpm
packages available, then I removed this version and installed 3.0.62
instead, from sources that I compiled on both systems. I noticed no
difference between 3.0.61 and 3.0.62 on either machines, but still the
said differences between machines.
More details thereafter :
Both machines have 'French' as default language. If I type 'locale', I
get this on either machine :
My Lifelines conf file (~/.linesrc) are exactly the same on both
systems. I have checked that the .linesrc files that I am aware of, are
those that work ; I did those checks by modifying databases paths and
ensuring that this was taken into account. In those identical
'.linesrc', almost all lines are commented out so that default settings
apply, at least for characters coding. So, from what is found in my
environment variables, both systems have decided that menus and messages
had to be produced in French. On my Lenny system, menus and messages are
in a French but the accentuated characters appear as a set of several
signs; while they appear correctly on my Ubuntu system.
Could someone tell me where I should start to investigate so as to solve
this problem ? Iconv and Gettext are present on both systems on the
Let me say that this is my first encounter with such problem : other
programs such as OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird etc.. did operate
correctly right away in French with appropriate accentuated characters.
So, something must be missing somewhere on one of my systems, as far as
Lifelines is concerned. By the way, Lifelines works on 'vi' (vim), so I
once suspected that the problem was there... but no : I tried to switch
to 'gedit' with same faulty results.
As previously said, after trying Lifelines-3.0.61 installed from RPM, I
ditched it and installed 3.0.62 from a tarball that I compiled : it was
the same tarball that was compiled on both systems... Of course, it may
have found different environment and built a different makefile for each
Thanks in advance for your input.