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Matthias Soehn
04/30/97 03:06am

Reply to message #216 from Helmut Podhaisky: > > I can't type any
key in ''[]{}\'' in the FrontEnd, > but copy+paste works. > In the
X-Environment-Info-Menu the keys works. > > My Environment: Linux
(S.u.S.E Distribution) 2.0 > Mathematica Version 3.0.0 > > Keyboard:
german,i.e. [ is <AltGr> 8 > Indeed what Friehelm proposes works ---
but only when the ''pureKeys''-option is disabled. However, surely
I'm not the only user who needs this option for proper work of all
keys. ''Brackets.nb'' also works, of course (although ''@ <=> at''
and ''~ <=> tilde'' are forgotten), but you (-> Wolfram research)
must be joking, ''Mathematica 3.0 for Linux''-users are to continuously
''navigate'' between keyboard and mouse, whenever they want to put
in ''[]{}''-characters --- probably the most frequently characters
of the Mathematica language! That's anything else but convenient and
effective. I've found another solution-description on the web-site
of my Linux-distributer (see:
However, I couldn't make it run on my system; perhaps it only works
for earlier Mathematica-versions than 3.0, but possibly it helps somebody.
My question: Is there a similar way in V.3.0 to (re)define keys in
initialisation-files of the Mathematica-system? I propose another
interim solution for users, who cannot apply Friedhelm's way to fix
the problem: Run ''loadkeys us'' on your Linux command-line as root
and then start ''X'' and Mathematica as user. Now you will have an
fine-working US-keyboard until you run the loadkeys-system-tool again
with another keytable option (e.g. ''de-latin1'' for german keybords)
(...or restart your machine). Disadvantage: You have to learn the
new keyboard-mapping, other applications will have an US-keyboard,
too, and, of course, special chars like the german ''Umlaute'' won't
work (use palettes). So my urgent wish to Wolfram-research is, that
you will soon find a proper bug-fix; it'd be a pity, if this tiny,
but even more annoying bug avoids Linux users to ''taste'' the really
great fun (!!!) of Mathematica 3.0... Bye!

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