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New Linux SUSE Font issue
NOTE: If this is the wrong forum for this, please redirect me and I'll move it. Thanks. :)

John recently upgraded to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 : Service Packl 2.

Since he did that, he has been having a problem finding a font that will recognize IBM characters that he can adjust the size of. This matters when we go to certain sites on the Internet that we use games on, the IBM characters do not show up correctly or aren't there at all, I think.

Does anyone know of a fix for this problem?


Expand Edited by Nightowl Jan. 26, 2009, 04:13:38 PM EST
New What's an "IBM Character" when it's at home?
New think she means ascii?
New Something like ascii
John's home, he told me he means the 8-bit characters that were traditionally displayed on an IBM PC.

Does that help any?

New Fixed width you mean?
Or proportional.

You need to get the bitstream vera fonts and libertine fonts installed and perhaps the "msft ttf core fonts" I'm not sure what they OpenSUSE package is called.
New Re: Fixed width you mean?
John says that he built the microsoft ttf package and the X-font preview window shows the IBM characters, but if he starts an X-term with that font, it doesn't show the 8-bit characters.

It's also not as large a font size as it was in 9.0. Any ideas why it isn't working?

Thanks in advance for your input!

New They're sometimes called "console fonts".
They're also known by their "code page", which 437 (sometimes called CP437). This may help your searches in the package manager.


"Ah -- I take it the doorbell doesn't work?"
Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code. Defined well before ASCII.
No, he says that isn't it, but thanks for your input. :)

New Yes, IBM had a specific set of symbols.
Actually all the characters were 8-bit, but the plain ASCII characters all have their high bit set to 0. IBM simply specified what symbols displayed when the high bit was set to 1.

I don't remember exactly what that symbol set was (would have to search for it) but most character sets show some set of symbols for the high-bit characters, so if nothing shows something must be stripping the high bit (some programs used to do that).
New Code page 437, IBM high-ASCII box-drawing characters. HTH!
Edit: Not 850, you fucking idiot Conrad!
Expand Edited by CRConrad Feb. 5, 2009, 03:24:41 AM EST
New Maybe this will help a little.
Google has excerpts of a book on SUSE Linux. This section talks about fonts:


HTH a little. Good luck.

New Brenda: Tell John to talk about "Code page 437".
That's an old IBM standard that had those funny box-drawing-shape "characters" you can see on, for example, this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Code_page_437 .

Look in the next-to-last group of rows of the large table (labeled "B" to "D" and with a yellow-orangeish background); those angular squiggles (which can be used to "draw" boxes and lines by writing several of them next to each other) are what you're after, aren't they?

If so, then using the expression "Code page 437"(*) might help the relevant people in SuSE user forums, or at the help desks of these game providers, to understand what his problem is.


(*): Or possibly the similar-but-not-quite-the-same 850.
     Linux SUSE Font issue - (Nightowl) - (12)
         What's an "IBM Character" when it's at home? -NT - (pwhysall) - (9)
             think she means ascii? -NT - (boxley) - (4)
                 Something like ascii - (Nightowl) - (3)
                     Fixed width you mean? - (folkert) - (1)
                         Re: Fixed width you mean? - (Nightowl)
                     They're sometimes called "console fonts". - (static)
             EBCDIC! - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                 Re: EBCDIC! - (Nightowl) - (1)
                     Yes, IBM had a specific set of symbols. - (Andrew Grygus)
             Code page 437, IBM high-ASCII box-drawing characters. HTH! -NT - (CRConrad)
         Maybe this will help a little. - (Another Scott)
         Brenda: Tell John to talk about "Code page 437". - (CRConrad)

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