I have been using Emacs for a while. As you can see in my config file (whole file), there is a snippet to provide a Doom mode line:

(use-package doom-modeline
  :init (doom-modeline-mode 1)
  :custom ((doom-modeline-height 15)))

Unexpectedly, I started Emacs and now I am seeing some Chinese characters (left side):

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This also happens in e-shell:

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I suppose this might be some Unicode problem. Also, I must highlight that I am not Chinese, I do not speak Mandarin. So, this is completely random in my system for me and I have never seen such a thing before.

Why is this happening? How can I fix this?

  • 3
    This looks like a duplicate of emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/73120/…
    – phils
    Sep 2, 2022 at 1:33
  • Try running both M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts and M-x nerd-icons-install-fonts.
    – Muir
    Sep 6, 2023 at 16:19
  • Sorry, I tried your approach but I am still seeing some chinese icons in eshell, for instance. I also restarted emacs after executing your commands. Sep 8, 2023 at 1:55

1 Answer 1


Have you tried M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts?

  • Thanks. I tried that. And it did not work. I am new to macOS. I think I pressed some random keybinding, that opened a font or typography menu, and I accidentally clicked on something. Now, I do not know how to re-store the previous state. Sep 8, 2022 at 0:54

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