Problem with the greek fonts after returning back from X to the linux console

nick hope nksgru at
Mon Feb 8 09:33:37 PST 2010

Hi Ken

Here is my locale:

nikos [ ~ ]$ locale

and this is the setup:

# Begin /etc/sysconfig/console

FONT="iso07u-16 -m 8859-7"

# End /etc/sysconfig/console

I also have this warning when i come out of X:

The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
> Warning:          Symbol map for key <KPDL> redefined
>                   Using last definition for conflicting fields
Errors from xkbcomp are not fatal to the X server

I do not know if this has to do with the problem,but
in case...

What i get is render characters and not inverse "?"

"ευχαριστώ ξανά!!!" in english "Thanks again!!!"


2010/2/8, Ken Moffat <zarniwhoop73 at>:
> On 7 February 2010 18:40, nick hope <nksgru at> wrote:
>> When i login my greeks work perfect,with startx also work perfect,when i`m
>> using
>> [ctrl+alt+backspace] to return to console my greeks looks like chinese!!!
>> Does anyone knows what kind of problem is and how can i fix it?
>  No idea, but since I have greek working in both console
> and xorg (with a gtk-using wm, in my case icewm) and
> using UTF-8, maybe I can prompt you to give more
> details so that either you or someone else can fix it.
>  First, what locale are you using ?  Also, how
> did you set up your console ? Greek tends to NOT
> work for me in the console, unless I use my own
> [ UTF-8 ] font (sigma-consolefonts).  Of course,
> if you are using a legacy encoding, that comment will
> be irrelevant.
>  You say that in this locale, greek works on the
> console when you login, and again in xorg, but
> stops working when you come out of X ?  That
> seems "odd".  Also, I guess "chinese" is a euphemism
> for "gibberish" (because, the console can only
> handle alphabetic languages) - do you get rendered
> characters (i.e. the system is using a different
> codepage, probably a different variant of ASCII) , or
> do you get inverse '?' (the UTF-8 symbol for
> "I can't render this") ?
>  This might, perhaps, be a BLFS issue but for the
> moment we might as well discuss it here.
> ευχαριστώ ("thanks", according to
> ĸen [ and no, that isn't a greek κ, it merely looks
> like one! ]
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