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Pretty much what the title says, works fine in a plain (non-X) Cygwin window. It's probably a charset thing. In case it's related:

$ echo $LANG

I ungzipped the man page for less and the start looks like so:

.TH LESS 1 "Version 429: 11 Apr 2009"
less \- opposite of more

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Use the mintty terminal or do 'alias man="LANG=C man"'.

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urxvt-X also works. – regjo Jan 21 '10 at 13:56

I fixed mine by setting my terminal (PuTTY) to UTF-8. PuTTY defaults to Latin-1 but Cygwin 1.7 now defaults to UTF-8. Check your terminal configuration.

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