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Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on Debian-based distros


Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on RPM distros or Slackware


Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on PC-BSD


Installing WordPerfect 8.0 on Debian-based distros


Installing WordPerfect 8.0 on RPM-based distros


WordPerfect 8.0/8.1 on Libranet 3.0


Problems and Workarounds





Problems and Workarounds




Difficulty may be experienced in installing a printer driver in WordPerfect 8.0 or 8.1, on a distro of 2010 vintage. There appears to be some incompatibility between WordPerfect's printer-installation module and cups, where the cups version is 1.3.8 or higher. The result is that the "Printer Create/Edit" button in the "Select Printer" box in WordPerfect produces no response. Thus installation of a printer driver is not possible.


The simplest workaround is to use LibreOffice Writer to print your .wpd document, created or edited in WordPerfect.


The problem does not arise in distros of 2008 vintage, such as Mepis 7 or Ubuntu 8.04. Thus one can install a printer driver, such as the passthru postscript  driver, in Ubuntu 8.04, and then upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04. Or one can install the driver in Mepis 7, perhaps in a Virtualbox guest, and then copy the relevant driver and settings files into a separate installation of Mepis 8.0 or 8.5.


The files to be copied in this way are the relevant .prs file (such as passpost.prs) and the .wpc8x.set file. They should be looked for in the shlib10 directory which forms part of the wp8 file structure

(for example, in /usr/lib/wp8/shlib10 or /opt/wp8/shlib10),

and in the user's .wprc directiory

(for example, /home/[user]/.wprc or /home/[user]/Documents/.wprc).


Printing by means of LibreOffice may be preferred for a number of reasons:


- the specific drivers provided by WordPerfect are for older printers, and finding one which works well with a current printer may be troublesome;


- the passthru postscript driver works well with many current printers, but does not print in colour;


- LibreOffice will interpret the WordPerfect typographical symbol with the code [4, 72] as the euro symbol, and thus enable you to print that symbol. The code is used for the symbol in WordPerfect for Windows. Admittedly in WordPerfect for Linux 8 the code will show on screen a small u in a circle, and the passthru postcript driver will print the u accordingly. (But see below for another solution).


An alternative method of printing a WordPerfect file on an HP printer is to save the file in WordPerfect (to a different filename) as a postscript file. Then rename the output file with a .ps extension. Finally send that file to the HP printer using the hplip utility. For this you will need to ensure that the hplip-gui package is installed.



Colour Schemes


If you want to use your own colour settings in WordPerfect for Linux on a KDE4 distro, you may need to alter the KDE system settings by disabling the option: "Apply colors to non-KDE4 Applications".


To do this, load System Settings, then Application Appearance, then Colors, then Options. Then switch off the relevant option.



The Euro Currency Symbol


WordPerfect for Linux 8 was released before the introduction of the euro currency, and does not directly support the euro currency symbol.


But it is possible in WordPerfect 8 for Linux to view the symbol on screen, and to print the symbol using the passthru postscript driver, if one has edited the WordPerfect 8 font file for typographical symbols, so as to replace the u in a circle, located at 4,72, by a glyph for the euro symbol, copied from another suitable font. The glyph to be copied should have a width of 500.


Such editing can be done using the FontForge program. The file to edit is wphv04n_.pfb. A suitable source for the euro symbol glyph is n021003l.pbf, a Nimbus type 1 font which may be present on a current Linux installation in /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts. The symbol appears at at position 395 in the Nimbus font.



Menus, Abbreviations and Dialog Boxes


WordPerfect 8.0/8.1 for Linux (unlike some later versions of WordPerfect for Windows) does not enable you to edit its menus. But an additional menu can be created by means of a suitable macro, and can then be added to the button-bar.


Abbreviations can also be created by means of the QuickCorrect function.


If the menus and dialog boxes are too small for comfort, they can be enlarged by the addition to the command-line of:

-fontSize 20



Keypad keys


You may find that the Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, Ins, Del and arrow keys on the numeric keypad do not work in WordPerfect for Linux. Here is a script, named padkeys, which is designed to set the numeric Home key to emulate the normal Home key, and similarly for the End, PgUp, PgDn, Ins, Del and arrow keys. It may not work well on all keyboards.



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Last updated on 28th April 2014.