Characters change outside of X environment

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https://bbs.archlinux.org – I doubt it is a locale issue - it sounds like something is echoing an escape code.  Try the first of the following two commands at a functioning terminal to see if it reliably recreates the issue.  If it does, the second (which you'll have to type "blindly") will fix it:echo -e "\033(0" echo -e "\033(B"If that is in fact the problem then you need to figure out what is echoing the problematic escape code and/or why.  I'm pretty sure the "why" would be because you have set the TERM environment variable somewhere ... don't.If t (HowTos)