The character-search command accepts multibyte characters just fine, but when reading input from a macro, multibyte characters are not processed correctly. For example trying to invoke the macro defined with:
bind '"\C-f": "\C-]π"'
will fail to search and will instead type just the second byte of the character (x80).
The following one-line patch fixes the behavior, but I'm not sure if this the right place to do it.
@@ -457,7 +457,7 @@ rl_read_key ()
/* If input is coming from a macro, then use that. */
if (c = _rl_next_macro_key ())
- return (c);
+ return ((unsigned char) c);
/* If the user has an event function, then call it periodically. */