4. Miscellaneous utilities setup

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4.1 bash

Three variables should be set on order to make bash understand the 8-bit characters. The best place is ~/.inputrc file. The following should be set:

set meta-flag on
set convert-meta off
set output-meta on

4.2 csh/tcsh

The following should be set in .cshrc:

setenv LC_CTYPE ISO-8859-5
stty pass8

4.3 remote access

Use 'rlogin -8'

4.4 emacs

The minimal cyrillic support in emacs is done by adding the following calls to one's .emacs (provided that the Cyrillic character set support is installed for console or X respectively):

(standard-display-european t)

(set-input-mode (car (current-input-mode))
   (nth 1 (current-input-mode))

This allows the user to view and input documents in Russian.

However, such mode is not of a big convenience because emacs doesn't recognize the usual keyboard commands while set in Cyrillic input mode. There is a number of packages which use the different approach. They don't rely on the input mode stuff established by the environment (either X or console. Instead, they allow the user to switch the input mode by the special emacs command and emacs itself is responsible for re-mapping the character set. There are, at least, two packages of that type. One is cyr.el. It can be found in most Emacs-Lisp archives. The other one is the package remap which tries to make such support more generic. This package is written by Per Abrahamsen (abraham@iesd.auc.dk) and is accessible at ftp.iesd.auc.dk.

4.5 less

So far, less doesn't support the KOI-8 character set, but the following environment variable will do the job:


4.6 ispell

Check the sunsite.unc.edu:/pub/academic/russian-studies/Software for the russian dictionary created by Neal Dalton (nrd@cray.com) for the ispell package.

4.7 Netscape

Set the following resource:

*documentFonts*registry:        koi8

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