When I ssh from GNOME Terminal (tried different 14.04/16.04 distros, currently on Mint 18) to OS X, I have a unicode issue, e.g. the prompt is not properly displayed.

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On OS X, I have bash 4.x as a default shell, installed via macports (and it's working fine when used from OS X Terminal).

By accident, I found out that if I run bash once I have ssh'ed in, the new shell don't have the unicode issue (until I exit to the previous shell).

Any ideas ?

(BTW, my locales variables are all set to en_US.UTF-8).

  • The nature of the problem isn't clear from the description. Jul 3, 2016 at 17:22
  • I tried to copy/paste the mangled prompt, but the displayed characters are not properly copied/pasted.
    – Rhangaun
    Jul 3, 2016 at 17:33
  • A screenshot helps. More complicated, you could capture the characters using script and paste the cat -v typescript as more-or-less readable text. Jul 3, 2016 at 17:35
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    This is not a Unicode issue at all. OSC 1337 are custom to iTerm2's shell integration and are not supported by gnome-terminal.
    – egmont
    Jul 3, 2016 at 18:06
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    Then it's a bug in gnome-terminal (if it doesn't recognize a validly-formatted OSC, then it should echo nothing). A good answer would point out when it was fixed. Jul 3, 2016 at 18:13

1 Answer 1


I could reproduce the problem between Debian 8.9 with Bash 4.3.30 and Gnome Terminal 3.14.3.

The comment from rhangaun gave the answer: The problem is the .iterm2_shell_integration.bash integration. For iterm2 on mac it was initialized in my .profile file on the server.

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