cannot type any letters into praat

Bug #365815 reported by Saser on 2009-04-24
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praat (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

ubuntu 9.04
praat 5.1.0-3

I cannot type letters into praat, and I have found how to solve this problem according to the official site of praat.


On Ubuntu, Fedora, or Mandriva, the static edition is sometimes reported to have the problem that you cannot type any letters into it. When Praat is started from the command line, there will be a long error message starting with something like "Unknown keysym name: osfActivate".

The cause of the problem is that Motif expects that the file XKeysymDB is located in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/, but on these distributions XKeysymDB is actually located in /usr/share/X11/.

If you can become root, you could type XKEYSYMDB=/usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB into the file /etc/environment. Or you could simply copy or link XKeysymDB to the expected location with

   cp /usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/


   ln -s /usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/

If you do any of these tricks, it will work for all users on your computer. If you cannot become root, you could include

   export XKEYSYMDB=/usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB

in your .login or cshrc file.

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