Debian m17n method under X with UTF-8
How are you making Debian into UTF-8 and multilingual/multi-locale
system while switching between normal gnome and Xfce? So far, I did not
find this trivial.
For now, I made a proof of concept package with simple shell scripts to
create my desired environment by heavily using Debian menu system. I
packaged these experimental scripts as "m17n-env" and put them at:
deb http://people.debian.org/~osamu/package/ ./
deb-src http://people.debian.org/~osamu/package/ ./
With this script and GDM, I have access to all the locales on my system
with BASH and VIM while having easy switch over between Gnome and Xfce.
Use customizable X start up feature with hooks to run ~/.xsession.d/*
scripts is provided too.
Also this script is much less invasive than previous attempts to play
with locales. (No change to .bashrc nor .bash_profile)
(IM "Input method" scripts are not filly functional nor tested yet.)
I really appreciate your suggestion for achieving similar with ease or
bug fixes to this package.
My thought backgrounds:
Is there any helper script which activates X system with easily
selectable primary language environment in UTF-8 encoded locale while
maintaining easy access to all the locales on the system? Then my wish
* I as normal user should be able to switch Gnome, Xfce, blackbox easily
through GDM. (So I should not customize through ~/.xsession)
* I as normal user should be able to start several programs
consistently across desktop environment.
* Debian packages are well internationalized (i18n).
- Many newer Gnome/KDE are already UTF-8 encoding compatible
* Localization (l10n) helper scripts in archive seems to use primarily
the non-UTF-8 encoding:
- locale-env (CJK focus)
- localization-config (Northern Europe focus)
>> Both change user configuration invasively for single language
which is not UTF-8.
* UTF-8 conversion of current Debian is documented in:
* GDM has nice and easy access to locale selection before starting X
Defaults lists non UTF-8 and too busy.
* There are few key programs which does not behave well under UTF-8:
mc, ... (Debian menu does not start these right under ja_JP.UTF-8 .)
PS: aptitude seems to ignore CJK locales now. So the menu change for
aptitude may not be have been needed.
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