Re: [dev] [st] UTF-8 not working

From: Robert Winkler <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:44:49 -0500

On Thu Apr 28, 2022 at 11:48 AM CDT, Страхиња Радић wrote:
> On 22/04/15 07:08, Robert Winkler wrote:
> > Hi, according to the st Status, UTF-8 should be working. Much needed for
> > multilingual typing with ú, ü, ß, µ, ¿ etc.
> > However, I only get 00e9 if I type é; anything, I need to specify in
> > config.h?
> > Best, Robert
> Liks I said, I only use:
> - login through getty (no display manager like lightdm, sddm, gdm...)
> - no desktop environment, pure X.Org
> - dwm as a window manager
> - X.Org's native XKB configured with:
> setxkbmap -layout us,rs -option grp:alt_shift_toggle
> which is executed by dwm on startup
> and I can input various characters in Cyrillic, as well as color emoji and
> other symbols using my own script[1].
> May I ask what shell are you using inside st? The only problem I noticed so far
> with my script, which uses xdotool(1) to type characters, is when I am using it
> while st is specifically executing mksh as a shell. With bash, dash and zsh
> emoji are inserted correctly. This is undoubtedly some misconfiguration of mksh
> on my part, which I have yet to figure out in detail.
> However, when I type ordinary text, regardless if it is using Cyrillic
> characters, using Serbian keyboard, or those characters you listed in your
> original message, using Spanish keyboard, they are entered and displayed
> correctly, even in mksh. I have captured a screenshot[2] as a proof of concept.
> In the first line in the screenshot, I have typed a command to configure XKB:
> setxkbmap -layout us,es -option grp:alt_shift_toggle
> In the second line, I have typed characters after switching to Spanish layout
> by pressing left Alt+Shift.
> In the third line, I have typed the characters I used to get characters in the
> previous line, after switching back to US layout.
> The other screenshot[3] demonstrates pasting a text containing color emoji from
> a web page into Bash running under st. I do have libxft-bgra patch for Xft
> installed through an AUR package to show color emoji.
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usually, I am using the fish
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