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When using Putty to connect to a Gentoo UTF-8 machine, backticks are represented as an "a circumflex": â

Putty makes a quote into an "a circumflex".

How to I prevent this from happening?

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putty shows quotes as a with a hat

Putty sometimes has problems converting char sets, you have to fiddle around with your character set translation on received data.

In Putty config, go here:

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  1. In putty, go to the configuration, click the "Window" item.
  2. Click the "Translation" item.
  3. There will be a dropdown box that says: Received data assumed to be in which character set Set this to UTF-8. Or if it's already UTF-8, try one of the ISO-8859 varients.
  4. Save the settings and open a new terminal.
  5. The a circumflex is properly rendered as a back tick now.

For the curious, why does this happen?

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If it's already UTF-8, then it is usually best to make the other end (i.e. the Gentoo box) UTF-8 as well. As someone speaking a language with accented letters, all my experiences with ISO-8859 have been horrible. – grawity Feb 24 '13 at 2:50

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