I have a problem with my font encoding in terminator When I first lauch it and then launch vim nerdTree the small ▸ are displayed well. But if I quit vim and then type reset in my terminator they are no more displayed well.(���)

In gnome terminal they are never displayed well.

It is very annoying. How can I fix this ? I've tried setting encoding = UTF-8 in terminator config file.

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    Are you running your terminal as UTF-8? Mar 5, 2012 at 2:19
  • @Ignacio I'm not sure what you mean with the italics, but terminator is a terminal emulator on its own (it's not a spelling mistake).
    – phunehehe
    Mar 5, 2012 at 2:45

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First make sure that the OS you are running is configured to support UTF-8. In my opinion they should all support UTF-8 by default, but some don't. Without knowing which distribution you are using it's difficult to give a detailed answer.

On Ubuntu you would edit the file /etc/default/locale and make sure that LANG="en_US.UTF-8" is in there (if you use a different language then en_US can be something else, but UTF-8 must be there). If it is not, change/add it and run locale-gen, then restart the terminal emulator and you are done.

  • I'm running ArchLinux and the output of the locale cmd: locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory locale: Cannot set LC_MESSAGES to default locale: No such file or directory locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory LANG=en_US.UTF-8 LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8" LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8" LC_COLLATE="en_US.UTF-8" LC_MONETARY="en_US.UTF-8" LC_MESSAGES="en_US.UTF-8" LC_PAPER="en_US.UTF-8" LC_NAME="en_US.UTF-8" LC_ADDRESS="en_US.UTF-8" LC_TELEPHONE="en_US.UTF-8" LC_MEASUREMENT="en_US.UTF-8" LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_US.UTF-8"
    – Ben D
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:24

Just to make sure that your terminal encoding is set to use UTF-8, you can run the following command:

locale charmap  # UTF-8

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