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I am using OSX 10.6.8 and telnet via terminal. I can input russian (utf8) symbols in terminal, but when i use telnet, i can see russian symbols, but cannot input them (instead of "тест" i get "Q^BP5Q^AQ^B" for example).

How can i fix that? Should I put something in ~/.telnetrc ?

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Telnet is used to connect to a shell-session on a remote host, you need to configure the remote hosts's shell to expect UTF-8. This is usually done by setting an environment variable ate the remote end. The exact details depend on the operating system and shell at the remote host. Here's one example:

export LANG=ru_RU.utf8

If the remote host is Linux, use locale -a inside the telnet session to get a list of supported values for this setting at the remote host.

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I already got export LANG=ru export LC_ALL=ru_RU.utf-8 in my ~/.bash_login - it allows me to input russian text in the terminal, but when i start telnet, input becomes broken – DataGreed Jul 18 '12 at 8:55
it seems to me like it has something to do with telnet encoding. In my question there is an example where i clearly input 4 utf8 symbols, but get 8 1-byte symbols. That's why my guess is that something should be in ~/.telnetrc – DataGreed Jul 18 '12 at 8:57
@DataGreed: try LANG=ru_RU.utf8 (I can't recall if LANG overrrides LC_ALL). You are doing this at the remote end, not the local end aren't you? – RedGrittyBrick Jul 18 '12 at 9:00
oh, i understood now. I am doing it on the local end. I have no access to configuring the remote server, but it supports UTF8 for sure. It returns text as utf, the problems start when i try to type smth in response – DataGreed Jul 18 '12 at 9:02
are you sure that typing one symbols and getting another is a remote issue? – DataGreed Jul 18 '12 at 9:03

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