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I used Putty to login into a Linux server.

The "problem" that in MC I see "a with ^", and not "|" in table.

How can I change this in putty to I see the MC as in Norton Commander/DOS.

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In Putty's config window, try to fix the character encoding and font. – choroba Aug 30 '12 at 9:24
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As choroba's comment says,

The terminal-emulator and the server must agree about the character set and encoding that is being used.

On Linux you need to check what the environment variable $LANG is set to. There are other environment variable that can influence this but setting $LANG should work. e.g. export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

On Putty you change settings -> Windows -> Translation -> Remote character set. e.g. UTF8. You may also need to specify a font that contains the specific characters used by MC.

If MC ignores LANG and uses a specific character set (e.g. CP850 or CP437), you'd have to change Putty settings to match that.

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