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install/40506: Sysinst drops international characters on i386 console

>Number:         40506
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       Sysinst drops international characters on i386 console
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Jan 28 16:00:01 +0000 2009
>Originator:     Andreas Gustafsson
>Release:        releng daily snapshot of HEAD, 200901240002Z
System: NetBSD
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

When booting -current install media on an i386 PC, either virtual
(qemu) or physical, using the video console, sysinst attempts to
display some internactional characters, such as a "c" with cedilla in
"francais", but ends up dropping those characters altogether.  This
leaves the texts hard to read, and it causes subsequent line-drawing
characters to be shown in the wrong column, messing up the borders
around the selection menu.  A screenshot can be seen at

Although this is a cosmetic issue, it does affect the very first
screen NetBSD displays to a user attempting to install it, which
creates a rather bad first impression.  


An easy way is using qemu (though I have verified that the bug also
affects physical hardware):

   qemu-img create wd0.img 384M
   qemu -hda wd0.img -cdrom i386cd.iso -boot d


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