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Screen session over putty connections from windows are colorless and have a character set problem (shows in curses applications like aptitude). A screen session on a proper terminal works just fine.

How do I configure putty to make this work properly?

It's an ubuntu server.

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what's the output of the following command in your terminal session? echo $TERM – ImaginaryRobots Jan 19 '12 at 21:00
Not really an answer, colors work here, and with screen. This link, however, has a number of tips - – bodhi.zazen Jan 19 '12 at 21:15
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Not sure about the colors, but for the characters, you need to set putty to use UTF-8 as the code page.

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Thanks, that did it for both the characters and the colors. – John Jan 20 '12 at 13:07
@John, an upvote and/or accepting as the correct answer is the proper way to say thanks ;) – psusi Jan 20 '12 at 14:32
I did accept it some time ago (apparently after you wrote this), but it appears I lack the required reputation to vote you up, sorry. – John Jan 21 '12 at 15:01

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