[fpc-devel] fp without X

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-devel at telemetry.co.uk
Mon Mar 17 11:46:05 CET 2014

waldo kitty wrote:
> i'm not sure this is the proper area for this... if it is not, please 
> point me to the proper list...
> i've a ubuntu system that i'm trying to run fp on... X does *not* start 
> automatically... i'm working from the virtual console(s) 99% of the 
> time... what i'm seeing and trying to solve is the frames in fp are 
> showing up as diamond characters... after i got the help stuff loading 
> properly, i noted that when i switched away from the editor frame, it 
> showed the single line frame characters and the help frame was all 
> diamonds... closing the help and returning to the editor switched the 
> editor frame back to diamonds...

There might be something related to the  locale  command relevant to 
this. As a quick test I've just fired up fp on a Debian (non-x86) 
console and framing etc. was OK, I see LANG set to en_GB.UTF-8

I'm uneasy about things like console and X codepages, and the 
corresponding keyboard mappings. One problem is that when they're 
changed they tend to be system-wide, another is that things like 
available founts and codepages can depend on how much of X11 has been 
installed. Put another way, your console might be broken /because/ X 
isn't installed, not /despite/ it.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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