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Old 02-19-2006, 02:59 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Bulgaria, Eastern Europe
Distribution: Slackware 10.2 Fluxbox
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couldn't make X cyrillic

i have a big problem...
i want to set up X to be with cyrillic fonts (probably only Firefox) but i haven't got a clue to how...
the HOWTO's on the internet make no sense, so i turn to the best of the best - the LQ forum
i tried the package bglinux but when i try to install it it says that i have a previous version of it (but i don't it's a fresh install)
someone please tell me how to fix the bglinux problem, or tell me how to make my Firefox recognize cyrillic...
the strange thing about it is when i set the encoding to KOI8-R it does nothing...
what should i do...
i'm using fluxbox btw...and i'd like it to "understand" cyrillic

off-topic : i'd like to thank all of you for any help you've given me, you are the best...
Old 02-19-2006, 05:00 AM   #2
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I will answer for... greek, but i hope that the procedure is the same (why not?).

Strangely, I managed to have greek characters after I was setup the console for greek! So give a try and configure also the console to cyrillic, if you have problems.

For X you have to setup the /etc/X11/xorg.conf

mine is: (modify the keyboard section)
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us+el" << american and greek (hellas)
Option "XkbOptions" "grp:alt_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll"

for console:

1. install fonts that have cyrillic characters (or make sure that you have). You can skip this, believe that you have.
2. on home directory, create a file .profile add add this text:

export LC_CTYPE=el_GR << this is greece.. change it

export LANG=el_GR << same thing as above

echo -e "\033(K" < I really don't know what this do. So don't use it. I found it in greek howtos, if you also find this, write it.

3. in /etc/rc.d/rc.local now
setfont iso07.16 -m 8859-7 << find the cyrillic font... this is for greece

4. in /etc/rc.d/rc.keymap (to able to switch keyboards)
# Load the keyboard map. More maps are in /usr/share/kbd/keymaps.
if [ -x /usr/bin/loadkeys ]; then
/usr/bin/loadkeys << i think for cyrillic is (russia)

Write back, if this was helpfull.
Old 02-19-2006, 06:23 AM   #3
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thnx but i fixed it...thnx to all again (as i said in one of my posts whenever i post here the things tend to work...strange...maybe i'm ashamed that i can't fix it myself and a second brain kicks in )
Old 02-19-2006, 07:19 AM   #4
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Can you post your solution so others can have the info too?
That's the best way to help others......And get help yourself
Old 02-19-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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actually i'm ashamed to say, but it was my mistake...
the bglinux install asked me if i had NO previous version installed, but i understood "do you have a previous version"
needless to say why i'm ashamed...
btw if you want to install bulgarian on any linux distro, bglinux is the thing
Old 03-08-2006, 07:20 PM   #6
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You don't need bglinux to make your browser display cyrillic characters, you just need to install the fonts(the cyrillic version) of arial, verdana, times news roman ... and another most common windows webfonts. They are available free for download.


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