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yonatan1 01-28-2005 06:54 AM

How to add Hebrew support in fresh Slackware 10.0 installation?

I just installed Slackware 10.0, but I can't figure out how to install Hebrew. I thought that things would just work, but apparently not -- when I browse to a web page in Hebrew with Mozilla, Galeon, or Konquere, I just see boxes instead of Hebrew letters. I *did* choose to install the KDE-I package during installation, but I didn't see any other options for adding additional language or locale support.

-Is there anyway to add a Hebrew "locale" during the installation?
-What is the proper way of adding Hebrew support to a fresh Slackware 10.0 installation?

I did a fresh install of Fedora Core 3. I was given the choice of adding additional languages during the installation, and then Hebrew just worked right out of the box. I'm NOT comparing distributions at all, just trying to figure out what to do to get the same Hebrew support in my favorite distribution as well :) I've seen some Hebrew Linux HOWTOs, but they all appear to be quite old, and I thought that things were pretty much built in to most distributions today...


win32sux 01-28-2005 09:40 AM

i think this site has what you want:

i don't have the fonts installed on this box right now, but i installed them on another box before and i believe i got them from that site...

i think they even have a slackpack in there somewhere, so adding the fonts would be as easy as doing an "installpkg"...



yonatan1 01-29-2005 04:02 PM

Thanks for the tip. I downloaded the Slackware package and installed the fonts (I had to add /usr/X11R6/bin to the path in order for the installation script to find some program it was looking for), restarted the X server, and now I can see Hebrew letters in the web browsers!

I'm still curious as to why installation KDE-I didn't help, and I'm also curious about all of the things that Fedora Core 3 does when you select Hebrew as an additional language during the installation.


win32sux 01-29-2005 04:25 PM

yeah, i think it would be really nice if slackware would provide support for international languages and stuff out-of-the-box, like those other distros do... i'm not sure why it doesn't, though... it might be something to suggest for slackware 11... it would be awesome if we could put those little squares behind us for ever, in the sense that people doing fresh installs will have all kinds of international font support right-away... having to go around googling for fonts in order to be able to see international websites properly just doesn't seem right... especially when there's lots of quality GPL-licensed fonts out there that could be included in the distro and would probably benefit from the exposure... it would have to be something that doesn't require kde, of course, cuz not everyone uses kde... but i'm not sure why the kde-i thing didn't do it for you, as i haven't used kde in ages... perhaps it only affects the kde menus or something?? i'm not sure...

but i'd be surprised if patrick hasn't thought about this... there has to be some kinda rational explanation as to why international fonts aren't included in the distro...

does anybody have any thoughts on this issue??

SlackerLX 10-01-2005 11:05 AM

I'm really mad about slackware not being universal. If it's for everybody then OK. If it's anglo-saxon related then let people know. Now that I work in Israel that issue is really pain in the arse! Sorry for language, but this is just one type of expression...:mad:

gnashley 10-02-2005 01:02 AM

the i18n packages just provide the translations for program menus and prompts. Fonts are another matter. You also can edit files inside /etc/profile.d in order to use a different language system-wide.

folkenfanel 10-04-2005 11:32 AM

shalom. gnome
For GNOME (works in Slack 10.0 and 10.1; might work in FreeRock for 10.2):

-edit /etc/X11/xdm/xinitrc.gnome

-add this line before the one that starts gnome-session:

export LC_ALL=he_IL

-If you use GNOME and KDM, edit /opt/kde/share/apps/kdm/sessions/gnome.session. (i think this is the filename; if it isn't it's anyway inside that directory).

Ani mekave she lo yihyu b'ayot im Slack 11.

Good luck ve shana tova!

win32sux 10-04-2005 12:41 PM

Re: shalom. gnome

Originally posted by folkenfanel
Ani mekave she lo yihyu b'ayot im Slack 11.

Good luck ve shana tova!

translation please?? :)


All posts should be in English.

SlackerLX 10-04-2005 03:36 PM

Re: Re: shalom. gnome

Originally posted by win32sux
translation please?? :)

Nothing serious :p Just language of the Bible...
He hoped that these problems won't exist in Slack 11 and wished Happy New Year.

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