Easier to configure than I thought it would be. The defacto document on this lists a series of convoluted steps to get UTF-8 working. All you really need to do is as follows:
- Launch the local configurator via
# dpkg-reconfigure locales
- Select the locales you would like to support. I need Japanese support so I selected ja_JP.EUC, ja_JP.UTF-8, and en_US.UTF-8 in addition to already available locales. Click “Ok”.
- Choose the default locale from the list; make sure it is a UTF-8 locale. Click “Ok”.
- Login to another shell.
# locale charmap should now return “UTF-8”.