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Re: Keyboard layout and fonts for NetBSD-9/X11R7

From: Blake McBride
Subject: Re: Keyboard layout and fonts for NetBSD-9/X11R7
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:42:03 -0500

Hi Alexander,

I know what you mean.  I initially went through too much myself getting it all to work.  Eventually, David Lamkins wrote a simple program called AKT.  It does all the translation for you.  I now use GNU APL on Linux with zero special configuration.  It just works.  I can't speak for BSD, but BSD also runs X11 so it may work fine.  AKT is now available at https://github.com/blakemcbride/akt

There are several alternative approaches.  They're all in the docs.  I've used a couple and they work too.

Good luck!


On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM Alexander Shendi (Web.DE) <address@hidden> wrote:
Dear List,

I feel seriously intellectually challenged. I have compiled gnu apl under NetBSD (SVN-1271) and all went fine.

But I'm just not up to configuring the X Window System to support APL input and output. These are the steps I've taken so far:
1. set the locale to en_US. UTF-8 (by setting LC_ALL=en_US. UTF-8).
2. Compile the file trunk/
support-files/old-Keyboard/apl.xkm resulting in a file apl.xkb in the current directory.
3. Try to configure the keyboard. A sample session looks like: (see attached typescript).
4. I have not even attempted to add the APL fonts to a font directory. More fun.

Is there any guide on doing this? ELI5, preferably in words of one syllable or less.

Or should I give up on APL altogether?

With frustrated salutations,

-- Alexander

You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.

Scott McNealy 1999

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