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Can't type åäö on the command line when ssh'ing to a Debian machine. It works locally though.

Changing 'Declare terminal as' to 'xterm-color' doesn't seem to help, either.

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Edit /etc/ssh_config and comment out the line:

SendEnv LANG LC_*

This config change was introduced by Lion. See man ssh_config for more information on SendEnv.

Another alternative may be to modify the machines you're accessing, as described in grawity's answer.

A related thread on this topic:

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Make sure the remote machine has correct locale settings:

  1. the value of $LANG (or $LC_CTYPE) should be an UTF-8 locale (en_US.utf-8 for example); on Debian, the default value is set in /etc/default/locale

  2. the chosen locale should be listed in locale -a – if not, edit /etc/locale.gen and run locale-gen.

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This worked before Lion though, so I'm guessing the problem is on my side. But I'll double check. – Jonatan Littke Jul 26 '11 at 12:22
locale-a gives me: 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_COLLATE to default locale: No such file or directory – Jonatan Littke Jul 28 '11 at 11:54
locale-gen is not a command, only a manpage, not sure what to run. – Jonatan Littke Jul 28 '11 at 11:55
@Jonatan: You might need the locales package on Debian. – grawity Jul 28 '11 at 12:22
Already installed: – Jonatan Littke Aug 3 '11 at 9:58

I had to comment out the line SendEnv LANG LC_* in /etc/ssh_config on a clean install of OS X Lion in order to get åäö to work on remote machines.

Just to make Google users happy: many of you probably want to configure this to make Irssi on remote servers work with special characters like åäö on Mac OS X Lion.

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That's what I meant to write, updated my answer, thanks. :) – Jonatan Littke Aug 5 '11 at 11:05

Or even easier, you can uncheck the "Set locale environment variables on startup" setting in under Settings Windows > Settings Tab > Advanced and restart

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I have added:


in .bash_profile located in my home folder.

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