Localization/Guide/The Euro symbol
An article describing how to display the Euro symbol (€) for the console and in X.
The Euro symbol for the console
In order to get the console to display the Euro symbol, the consolefont variable will need to be set in /etc/conf.d/consolefont to a file found in /usr/share/consolefonts/ (without the
lat9w-16 has the Euro symbol.
For more details see the consolefont section in Sakaki's EFI Install Guide.
Verify that the consolefont service is in the boot runlevel:
rc-update -v show | grep consolefont
If no runlevel is displayed for consolefont, then add it to the proper level:
rc-update add consolefont boot
The Euro symbol in X
Getting the Euro symbol to work properly in X is a little bit tougher. First change the fixed and variable definitions in /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts.alias to end in
iso8859-15 instead of
fixed -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-15 variable -*-helvetica-bold-r-normal-*-*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-15
Some applications use their own font, they will need to be separately configured to use a font with the Euro symbol. This can be enacted on a user-specific level in .Xresources (copy this file to /etc/skel/ for use by new users), or at a global level for any application with a resource file in /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/ (like xterm). In these files, generally an existing line will need to be modified, rather than adding a new line to the file. To change the xterm font, for instance:
echo 'XTerm*font: fixed' >> ~/.Xresources
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
The Euro symbol in (X)Emacs
To use the Euro symbol in (X)Emacs, add the following to the .Xresources file:
For XEmacs (not plain Emacs), add the following line to ~/.xemacs/init.el:
(define-key global-map '(EuroSign) '[€])