line drawing characters in vt100 xterm

Thomas Dickey
Tue May 29 20:19:00 GMT 2007

On Tue, 29 May 2007, J. David Boyd wrote:

> Howdy
> Sometime, I can connect to a customer system, and the vt100 terminal does a 
> great job of drawing lines.
> Other time, I get + and - and | characters instead.
> A clue please?  Where do I start troubleshooting this?

start with the $TERM environment variable.
curses applications use that to lookup the terminal characteristics.

(ncurses may also note that the locale is set to a UTF-8 value and
depending on the $TERM setting, decide that line-drawing won't work).

Thomas E. Dickey

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