When I press certain keys (e.g. German umlauts) in the bash command line, I get escape sequences. For example, ß gives me
\303. These escape sequences are treated as single characters, so one backspace deletes the whole sequence. The character is just displayed wrong on the command line, but it is interpreted correctly, for example typing
echo ß gives:
$ echo \303 ß
I guess it has problems with non 7-bit-ASCII characters. In every other place, these work fine however. I can use them in vim or display them with cat, and also unicode characters work fine.
How can I make bash display these characters correctly?
For the record,
and from my .inputrc:
set input-meta on # Enable Meta input with eighth bit set set meta-flag on # Synonym for the above set convert-meta off # Do NOT strip the eighth bit set output-meta on # Enable Meta output with eighth bit set
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This Stackoverflow question shows the same symptom, but the posted solution doesn't work: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13094248/how-do-i-get-accented-letters-to-actually-work-on-bash
I'm also confident that my terminal is properly configured, as it works fine with local bash, but only the bash on a certain remote system (via ssh) has this problem.