Forum OpenACS Development: Strange character issue on old OACS Site
This is an old instance and the original server died a few weeks ago. I was the original author so they called me to fix it. Well, it's difficult since many of the packages like Postgres 8.4 don't exist anymore, but I got things back to working except one weird issue.
On add/edit, any blank text fields show up with a � as the start char.
I also checked the source and it looks like it's returning a space as seen here:
input type="text" name="best_contact_time" v alue=" " id="best_contact_time" size="10" >
On debug I get: input type="text" name="affix" v alue="�" id="affix" size="20" style="background-image: ...">
Any ideas? I thought maybe it was some kind of encoding issue, but it seems to be sending in UTF-8. Also, it only affects text inputs (single line) any other blank inputs show fine.
This was an exact dump of the other database and OACS code that had been working for 15 years.
I'm stumped, but then again I really haven't worked on OACS in many years.
I will try that and hope it works. Is Naviserver the better recommendation now?
Even though I'm root.
if the plan is to upgrade the instance to some future-safe version (recent versions of Tcl, PostgreSQL, security fixes, etc.), It is recommended to use NaviServer instead of AOLserver. One can get a recent version of OpenACS with NaviServer with  compiled on many Unix versions. This install-script gives you at least proper binaries and a config file for OpenACS with NaviServer that can be usually quickly adjusted to local needs.
all the best
See this old thread, with the ns/parameters settings: https://openacs.org/forums/message-view?message_id=31940