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My XTERM works perfectly with UTF-8, but I want a lighter terminal. I am trying to use UTF-8 in rxvt, so I am using rxvt-unicode (urxvt) in Fedora 32 fully updated. But UTF-8 files are not render properly (e.g., with cat), as if it were a Latin1 console. I removed my .Xdefault and .Xresources files, no difference. My locale is set properly. The command I use to start the urxvt is this:

urxvt -fn "9x15bold,xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono" -imlocale en_US.UTF-8

Adding -letsp 0 doesn't work. Some data:

$ perl -le 'print "\x{c3}\x{94}"'
Ã

$ locale
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"
LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

$ echo $TERM
rxvt-unicode-256color

$ rpm -q rxvt-unicode
rxvt-unicode-9.22-23.fc32.x86_6

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Try using a single font, e.g. here's my

~/.Xdefaults
URxvt.font: xft:Terminus:pixelsize=20:antialias=false
URxvt.depth: 32
URxvt.background: #000000
URxvt.foreground: #EEEEEE
URxvt.cursorColor: #FFFFFF
URxvt.scrollBar_right: True
URxvt.scrollBar_floating: True
URxvt.saveLines: 32767
URxvt.cursorBlink: False

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  • Nope, same problem, just a lot bigger. :) urxvt seems to work exactly as rxvt. Sep 19, 2020 at 22:12
  • I'm currently running Fedora 32 with the provided config and font and as you can see everything works. Maybe you should try this exact configuration. Sep 19, 2020 at 22:28
  • Maybe I wasn't clear: I tried your config. Sep 20, 2020 at 2:07
  • Did you run urxvt normally? I.e. without any additional command like flags? As you can see it works here. Sep 20, 2020 at 9:25
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    Launch another terminal emulator, run strace -e file urxvt - you will then see what exactly it opens. Sep 20, 2020 at 13:20

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