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Re: Upcoming Debian Releases

On Sep 8, Brian C. White wrote
> The following message is a list of items to be completed for the upcoming
> releases of Debian GNU/Linux.  If something is missing, incorrect, or you want
> to take responsibility for one or more items, please send email to:
> Brian White <bcwhite@verisim.com>

> - configuring so non-ASCII characters work (???) [9]

s|???|debian-i18n@lists.debian.org| probably.

>  9 - One of the things that most people outside the US and UK have to deal
>      with is configuring everything so that non-ASCII characters and other
>      locale specific stuff works right. For example, bash needs a ~/.inputrc
>      so that you write åäö on the command line, instead of getting
>      beeps. Emacs needs some other stuff.  -- Lars Wirzenius <liw@iki.fi>

Please add:
| There is a mailing list for internationalization issues in Debian:
| debian-i18n@lists.debian.org . This list is used e.g. for the Debian
| Keyboard Configuration Project
| (http://fatman.mathematik.tu-muenchen.de/~schwarz/debian-kbd/) which
| amongst other things, deals with providing an easy way to input non-ASCII
| characters.

On Sep 25, Guy Maor wrote
> I've just uploaded readline 2.1-6 which will try /etc/inputrc if
> ~/.inputrc does not exist.

Great. The downside is, it doesn't help in dealing with the problem Lars
noted, as libreadline isn't 8-bit clean by default. Please provide a default
/etc/inputrc that is 8-bit clean, as explained in the the ISO 8859-1
National Character Set FAQ
|14.1 bash
|You need version 1.13 or higher and set the locale correctly (see
|section 3).  Also, to configure the `readline' input function of bash
|to handle 8 bit characters correctly, you have to set some environment
|variables in the readline startup file .inputrc:
|set meta-flag On
|set convert-meta Off
|set output-meta On
|Before bash version 1.13, bash used the eighth bit of characters to mark
|whether or not they were quoted when performing word expansions.  While
|this was not a problem in a 7-bit US-ASCII environment, this was a major
|restriction for users working in a non-English environment.
|These readline variables have the following meaning (and default
|    meta-flag (Off)
|         If set to On,  readline  will  enable  eight-bit  input (that is,
|         it will not strip the high bit from the characters it  reads),
|         regardless  of  what  the  terminal claims it can support. 
|     convert-meta (On)
|          If set to On, readline will convert characters with the eighth
|          bit  set  to an ASCII key sequence by stripping the eighth bit
|          and prepending an escape  character  (in effect, using escape as
|          the meta prefix).
|     output-meta (Off)
|          If set to On, readline will display characters with the eighth
|          bit set directly rather than as a meta-prefixed escape sequence.

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