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Ubuntu weird characters in PuTTY

Jerry Feldman wrote:
> I'm wondering if the problem is Putty. That was my initial thought.
> In The Putty configuration panel for that session, check the font under
> Window/Appearance. Mine is Courier New 11-pixel. Also Under
> Translation, look at the line drawing settings. 

I'm using Lucida Sans Typewriter, but I don't see how that would make a 

The messages that are causing the problem are spam, but they still find 
their way into my inbox, which then screws up mutt.  The specific 
messages seem to be multipart/alternative, with the text/plain part (the 
part mutt tries to display) having these headers:

Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

They then just contain a bunch of character which, viewed in less, look 
like this:

<CA><D0><CE><C2> <A0><A0><A0>

etc., etc.

The galling thing is that I never had this problem using the same PuTTY 
with mutt on the Mandrake 10.0 system.  So clearly Ubuntu is either 
recognizing the terminal differently, or ...

Aha!  I've just change the mutt settings (.muttrc) to allow8bit and set 
the charset to iso-8859-1, and now the funky characters are showing up 
as question marks, not screwing up my display.  This wasn't necessary 
with Mandrake, but apparently it is now with Ubuntu.  In any case, it 
now appears I can view (and delete) these messages safely.

Thanks for all suggestions and info!


                            Peter Davis
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