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I'm trying to write Arabic in the terminal app but it does not recognize right-to-left text and does not bind the Arabic letters together as it should.

I tried this solution https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vte/+bug/263822 but it did not work.

Are there any plans to implement Arabic support in the gnome terminal? KDE Konsole terminal works without any problems.

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What happened when you tried bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vte/+bug/263822? –  N.N. Nov 19 '11 at 10:06
why do you need write Arabic in the terminal and why do you want it right to left ??? –  Black Block Nov 19 '11 at 23:24
FYI: Arabic is normally written right to left. As are several others languages, with old Hebrew even switching between right to left and left to right. Traditional Japanese writing start from the top-right of page and goes down in a column, with the next 'line' of glyphs to the right. That also gives them books that are read from the right cover, turning pages to left, until the end of the book (Western front cover) is reached. –  david6 Nov 22 '11 at 5:06
Do you need both left to right and right to left, during any given session? Are you using terminal emulation (escape sequences, full-screen, field layout), or is this ONLY for command line? –  david6 Nov 22 '11 at 5:09
@Naruto for me, I need the Arabic support because I use a treminal IRC client and joining an Arabic channel would show distorted words in the client. Not sure about him. –  Suhaib Nov 26 '12 at 5:24

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try this: sudo apt-get install libfribidi0 libfribidi-dev, install THIS package, then vim /usr/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop and add this code to the document:

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In Ubuntu 13.04, I installed those packages but can find bicon.bin anywhere... –  Ba7a7chy Apr 30 '13 at 19:01
I want to get fribidi working on Linux Suse. I have installed Fribidi, following the installation man in its official website, however I don't see a change in terminal. And trying zypper install libfribidi0 I get the error: Loading repository data... Reading installed packages... 'libfribidi0' not found in package names. Trying capabilities. No provider of 'libfribidi' found. Resolving package dependencies. Have been searching and not getting a single result. What packages am I supposed to have? –  Neeku Jun 30 '14 at 12:05

For Ubuntu 64 bit, you would need to download This package

instead. I guess you were having a dependency problem. You would need also to install the apps stated above with this command.

sudo apt-get install libfribidi0 libfribidi-dev

Hope that this could help

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