Wine and cyrillic input and output ?

Dmitry Timoshkov dmitry at
Mon Sep 10 06:44:32 CDT 2001

"Nikita V. Youshchenko" <yoush at> wrote:

> >> From these samples bitmap fonts (e.g. helvetica) work only, but Windows
> >> native Unicode fonts don't - there are only boxes:(
> > 
> > Do these unicode fonts work in other X applications? Does the only Wine
> > display them wrong? Since it's me who have added those samples, all works
> > fine for me: RH 6.2/2.2.19, XFree86 3.3.6, 4.0.1-4.1.0.
> Thank you for your reply, I just tried to set it up.
> Unfortunately, I can confirm the problem.
> I tried to start "notepad.exe" from a russian win98 installation (I mounted 
> vmware's virtual disk using smbmount).
> Russian is there in window title (in managed mode) and in dialog (open, 
> save, search dialogs show (tiny) russian letters).
> But in menus, rectangles are displayed instead of characters.
> [fonts]
> "Resolution" = "96"
> "Default" = "-monotype-arial-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-koi8-r"
> "DefaultFixed" = "-monotype-courier new-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-koi8-r"
> "DefaultSerif" = "-monotype-times new roman-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-koi8-r"
> "DefaultSansSerif" = "-monotype-arial-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-koi8-r"
> Yes, same fonts work perfectly on the rest of desktop.

What version of xserver/fontsever are you using? I'm not using an external
fontserver, but built-in into XFree86 instead.

> Also, I can't get any russian input (how to swithc keyboard to russian? I 
> use xkb configuration with "menu" switch key - it doesn't work for wine).

I'm using fairly old KDE 1.1.2 with KiKbd.

> Where else the problem may be?

1. Run charmap.exe with wine and try to figure out which font faces Wine uses.
It's my primary tool for checking Wine and fonts.

2. If the step 1 will fail, try to minimize your font set as much as possible:
start using only 3 fonts: fixed (as an alias to some cyrillic font, cursor and any
other font you wish to test).

> Maybe something wtong is in registry created by winesetup?

Very unlikely.


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