ksh displays multibyte characters incorrectly when 'KEYBD trap' is enabled in profile file.

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  • When 'KEYBD trap' is enabled, which it is by default when ksh is used as a login shell, ksh cannot display multibyte characters correctly.

    If you type 'あいうえお' (Glyphs valid in ja_JP.UTF-8) in a terminal, it will instead display 'BDFHJ'.

    $ BDFHJ

    This issue has been verified in the ja_JP.UTF-8 locale but most likely impacts all multibyte locales (including locales based on the SJIS, various EUC, and UTF-8 character sets). Locales where the most commonly used characters are single byte characters (e.g. en_US.UTF-8) will see little to no impact as the usage of multibyte UTF-8 characters would be rare.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • ksh (when used as the login shell for a user)
  • Multibyte locales including ja_JP.UTF-8

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