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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Problems with Finnish Keyboard and Ruby's irb

I ran into a problem with Ruby's interactive shell, irb, on Windows XP: it did not accept alt-gr generated characters with the Finnish keyboard, which prevents you from typing characters such as [ or @. The solution was found here:

Basically create the following file, .inputrc, in your home directory(C:\Documents and Settings\<username>):

"\M-[": "["
"\M-]": "]"
"\M-{": "{"
"\M-}": "}"
"\M-\\": "\\"
"\M-|": "|"
"\M-@": "@"
"\M-~": "~"
"\M-$": "$"

Then add the following line to the start of <ruby-dist>\bin\irb.bat:

@echo off
set HOME=%HOMEPATH%

and it should work fine. A real showstopper, though, which I haven't seen in other tools (such as Python's shell).

4 Comments:

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At 9:46 PM, Blogger mephisto said...

Thanks, it worked. I've avoided IRB until now, just because @$[{ and so on didn't work (Norwegian keyboard here.).
But today I installed Cygwin in order to get the RubyInline to work, and didn't have much choice. Thanks again.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger janprill said...

Thanks for this tip. It made ruby script/console finally working like expected on a german keyboard. A little sidenote: If your rails project resides on another partition than your Homepath (or if you want to use irb from another partition) the %HOMEPATH% environment var won't work. I had to reference the explicit path (e.g. d:\dokumente und einstellungen\my_profile

Cheers,
Jan

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger wolfgang said...

Thanks a lot for your help!
Swiss german keyboard ....

Wolf

 

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