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I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04. On 14.04 I additionally installed Terminology.

On 16.04 Terminal and Terminology the characters in the bash are not displayed correctly:

Terminology and 16.04

Look with Ubuntu 14.04 Terminal

Ubuntu 14.04 Terminal

I first assumed that there are some environment variables that differ. I have not found which cause this. After I installed Terminology on 14.04 and it shows the characters the wrong way on 14.04 I assume it has nothing to do with the environment.

What do I have to configure to get the same result as with Terminal from Ubuntu 14.04 in the other options?

Value of PS1:

\[\e[37;1m\]\[\] \u \[\e[0m\]\[\]\[\e[0m\]\[\] \w \[\e[0m\]\[\]

Variables in Ubuntu 14.04 Terminal:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LANGUAGE=en_US
LC_ADDRESS=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_IDENTIFICATION=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_MEASUREMENT=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_MONETARY=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_NAME=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_PAPER=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_TELEPHONE=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_TIME=de_DE.UTF-8

And in Terminology on 14.04:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LANGUAGE=en_US
LC_ADDRESS=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_IDENTIFICATION=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_MEASUREMENT=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_MONETARY=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_NAME=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_PAPER=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_TELEPHONE=de_DE.UTF-8
LC_TIME=de_DE.UTF-8
  • Have you tried sudo add-apt-repository ppa:enlightenment-git/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install terminology ? – JJoao Nov 3 '16 at 8:19
  • @JJoao I have used their ppa as described on the homepage of enlightenment and ran sudo apt-get install terminology – Sascha Nov 3 '16 at 8:29
  • There's more than one thing that can go wrong: fonts and locale tables. It would help if you reminded people of the string used in PS1. – Thomas Dickey Nov 3 '16 at 9:03
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    It's "powerline", M. Dickey, and it uses several Private Use Area characters starting with U+E0B0. This is an excellent example of the pitfalls of assuming that a Private Use is universal. – JdeBP Nov 3 '16 at 9:22
  • @ThomasDickey Added PS1 to post – Sascha Nov 3 '16 at 9:49
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That character (U+E0B0) is not a valid Unicode character. Or more exactly, it's in the private use section in Unicode, so you can use it for your own use.

In the example usage section, that Wikipedia article mentions:

Powerline, a status line plugin for vim, use U+E0A0–U+E0A2 and U+E0B0–U+E0B3 for extra box-drawing characters.

Which leads us to https://github.com/powerline/powerline

Which gives instructions on how to install fonts for those Unicode point codes.

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    "" shows up as a right pointing arrow in every terminal (and in fact every application I've tried) except terminology. I understand it is a private use code point, but why is terminology treating it different from everything else. – Thayne May 4 '17 at 3:16

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