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CHARSET(1)                    Linux User's Manual                   CHARSET(1)

       charset - Set an ACM for use in(1,8) one of the G0/G1 charset slots.

       charset [-v] G0|G1 [cp437|iso01|vt100|user|<acm_name>]

       The linux console(4,n) has 2 slots for charsets, labeled G0 and G1.  charset
       changes the slot in(1,8) use by the current VT to either G0 or G1, and fills
       the slot either with one of the 3 predefined ACMs (cp437, iso01, vt100)
       or with a user-defined ACM.

       You can ask for the current user-defined ACM by specifying user, or ask
       a  new ACM to be loaded from a file(1,n) into the user slot, by specifying a

       You will note that, although each VT has its own slot  settings,  there
       is only one user-defined ACM for all the VTs.  That is, whereas you can
       have tty1 using G0=cp437 and G1=vt100, at the same time(1,2,n) as  tty2  using
       G0=iso01  and G1=iso02 (user-defined), you cannot have at the same time(1,2,n)
       tty1 using iso02 and tty2 using iso03.  This is  a  limitation  of  the
       linux kernel.

       Note  that you can emulate such a setting using the filterm(1) utility,
       with your console(4,n) in(1,8) UTF8-mode, by telling filterm to translate  screen
       output on-the-fly to UTF8.

       You'll  find filterm(1) in(1,8) the konwert(1) package, by Marcin Kowalczyk,
       which is available from

       -v     be verbose.  charset will then print what it does as it does it.

       charset  cannot  determine  which  of  the 2 slots is in(1,8) use at a given
       time(1,2,n), so you have to tell him which one you want,  even  if(3,n)  you  don't
       want  to  change to the other one.  This is a limitation of the console(4,n)

       consolechars(8), unicode_start(1), filterm(1).

Console tools                     10 Aug 1998                       CHARSET(1)

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