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8. Environment Variables

GNU Typist uses the following environment variables:


GNU Typist offers Native Language Support (NLS) with support of the gettext library, this means that if your system supports it, the language of the messages shown by gtypist can be chosen. By now gtypist is distributed with messages in English, Czech, Finnish, French, German and Spanish. To use a particular NLS use the environment variable LANG and set it to the appropriate `LL_CC' combination where `LL' is an ISO 639 two-letter language code and `CC' is an ISO 3166 two-letter country code (e.g. `es_ES' for Spain and de_DE for Germany). In some systems it will be also necessary to set the environment variable LANGUAGE to the same value.

If you want to translate messages to a different language (or if you want to correct a message), please communicate it to bug-gtypist@gnu.org.


Lists the directories that the program will look in for script files. It has the standard format for paths, that is, a list of directories separated by `:'s. To open a script, gtypist will try the following paths: (1) to use the script name alone (2) it will append each one of the directories specified in the variable GTYPIST_PATH and (3) it will append the directory used during the installation process (e.g. `/usr/local/share/gtypist' or `/usr/share/gtypist').


Used by curses to manage the display.


This may need to be set if the path to the terminfo database is different between the system the binary was compiled on and the one it is being run on. For example, in older Slackware systems, the terminfo database resides in `/usr/lib/terminfo'. On RedHat Linux, it is in `/usr/share/terminfo'. If the program complains about the terminal type, and the value of TERM is correct, check into this.

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