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Old 05-14-2005, 04:57 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Turkey
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character encodings

I am new to linux. And sorry for my bad english. I want to learn about character encodings.
I installed slackware linux, i don' know which encodings it uses. how can i change it.

For example, i use mozilla, but i cannot get right fonts from it as i write them.
I am turkish so i have to use iso8869-9, windows 1254 or utf 8.
I write a e-mail to my friend but he cannot see right fonts.
what do i have to do?
Old 05-15-2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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Location: Ottawa, ON
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If you can see the fonts, then the problem isn't at your end.

Case in point, これが読めないか?

If you could see the characters, it's because you have a font that supports Japanese installed (and's server sending pages in utf-8). If not, then it's not a problem at my end. I was able to type a sentence in Japanese and I can see the hiragana and kanji, because my computer is set up for it. Likewise, if you can see the turkish script when you're typing the e-mail, but your friend can't see it, it's because your friend doesn't have an appropriate font installed. If you want to be 100% sure, use UTF-8.
Old 05-15-2008, 05:29 AM   #3
Registered: Oct 2006
Location: Bulgaria
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Hi killerbob

This is somewhat off topic but since you've mentioned hiragana I want to ask you how to enable japanese support in Slackware 12.1 ?

I have installed the language pack and in KDE added the language and the keyboard layout. In google I have read about canna package and kinput2. Do I have to install them as well?

Old 05-15-2008, 08:20 AM   #4
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Hi, sharapchi
I don`t know about turkish, but for us (russian) slackware don't have correct russification. What we do in Russia:
1. Install slackware by default (for us)
2. Change /etc/profile.d/ and /etc/profile.d/land.csh
In /etc/profile.d/ comment 'export LANG=en_US' and add new string 'export LANG=ru_RU.UTF-8' (here must be you locale, see 'locale -a' for list all locales installed in system), in /etc/profile.d/land.csh the same way.
3. Edit /etc/rc.keymap
/usr/bin/loadkeys /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/ ## we take from russia slackware-base distro MopsLinux, you need find it for turkish
4. Edit /etc/rc.font
unicode_start ter-u16b.psf.gz ## terminus font must be installed, i don`t know how it work with turkish, but slackware have other font
for i in 1 2 3 4 5 6;do
echo -ne "\033%G" >/dev/tty$i

I hope, it help you.

p.s. One good advice. Slackware don't have correct russification, but we have dozen how-to in RUnet about it. May be you need industriously torment Google? =)


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