A quicky in case anybody has the same issue. I use pine / alpine as a mail client since my firsts steps on the UNIX/Linux world, it always served me well.
Nevertheless, since a couple of weeks, I had this weird behavior where the mail content pager would not display accents (éàü…) while the mail list would! Worse, this inconsistent behavior only happened in
I suspected something involving
locales but no, everything was fine on this side.
So it turns out
alpine's mail content pager doesn’t know how to cope with a value of
screen-256color in the
TERM variable. Changing it to
xterm-256color fixed accents display.
Still posting this kind of fix in 2020…