if using unicode (utf-8) as locale, also make sure your data, including input and output streams match. as you might still be experiencing certain "bits" in the whole setup not being utf-8. also check your locale settings at system/root level, and compare with the logged in user. i've seen weirdness come from that. also make sure there's no special other perl only system variables set, that could interfere.
the hardest line to type correctly is: stty erase ^H
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