Today my YaST started rendering lines like this:

l and q instead of lines

It makes it difficult to read.. Any idea what this is about and how I can fix it? I tried rebooting, no dice.

Edit -- here's my PuTTY config:

PuTTY config page showing translation window

Character set is UTF-8

  • grawity will tell you exactly what the problem is when you edit your question to tell the world what character encoding you've configured PuTTY to use. (-:
    – JdeBP
    Commented Mar 30, 2014 at 19:50
  • i've edited the post to show my putty character encoding.. does that explain anything?
    – tmsimont
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 22:47
  • so anyone has a solution?
    – Nikko
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 21:30

3 Answers 3


in bash, type: export NCURSES_NO_UTF8_ACS=1

  • 1
    Or, more likely, you want to add this to your ~/.bashrc file so it happens automatically when you log in.
    – pzkpfw
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 8:24

Change "Terminal-type string" from "xterm" to "linux" in Connection>Data.

  • 3
    This answer needs more love!
    – tftd
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 13:56
  • 1
    I too prefer the putty answer - this terminal-type should be the default for every putty session Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 20:54
  • This should be the accepted answer.
    – Chupo_cro
    Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 1:24

Permanent solution for your problem:

For one user:

cd ~
echo "export NCURSES_NO_UTF8_ACS=1" >> .bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

The last line applies changes to the current terminal immediately.

For all users:

echo "export NCURSES_NO_UTF8_ACS=1" >> /etc/bash.bashrc.local

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