ipanel - customization panel for setting locale, timezone and keyboard
ipanel allows the user to change the environment's international settings
consisting of locale, keyboard layout, and timezone specification through
a graphical user interface. Individual users' environments as well as the
system default environment can be set by using ipanel. If the specified
combination of the country and language does not exist as one of the
defined locales in the system, ipanel will generate the appropriate
customized composite locale files. For example, a user may select a new
locale, specifying United States but with Japanese as a language. A user
needs to have super-user privilege or be able to enter the root password
to create a new composite locale or to change system international
The icons and pushbuttons are displayed in the language and character
encoding of the locale currently in effect. The order of icons from left
to right are Country, Language, Keyboard and Timezone, each of which are
associated with dialog boxes for showing selection of entries from
scrollable lists of
- Items associated with current locale category,
- Items supported by the system, or
- All items for which any information was found on the system.
Country Sets the international settings (locale, keyboard layout, and
timezone) associated with the user's desired country.
Altering the Country selection resets the Language, Keyboard
and Timezone to the defaults for the selected country.
Therefore, this option must be set first, before selecting
the other three specifications.
Language Sets the user's desired local language and other culturespecific
parameters such as monetary unit, numerical format,
date/time format. As the dialog boxes are displayed in the
specified language, selection of language will have immediate
effect on the ipanel dialog boxes. Altering the Language
selection changes the locale.
Keyboard Changes the keyboard layout mapping by altering the X
Timezone Sets the system date/time format to the user's desired
timezone. If the timezone has daylight saving time, the
setting will be automatically changed from the timezone
The pushbuttons are Cancel, Set System and Set Personal in top to bottom
Cancel Exits ipanel without any change to the files used for
Set System Updates the default international settings located in system
level directory upon completion of the ipanel session.
Depending on the termination option, some of the settings may
not take effect until the system is restarted.
Updates the default international settings located in user's
home directory. Depending on the termination option, some of
the altered settings may not take effect until the user logs
out and then logs in. To ensure a consistent environment in
the newly selected international settings, select Logout Now
Description of user options in terminating ipanel are as follows:
Return to Map
Returns to ipanel's main window without any further action.
Exit Anyway Exits ipanel without any change to the files used for
Save and Exit
Saves the settings and exits ipanel. Depending on changes
made, a user will be directed to a dialog box with different
This is one of the two update options when a new composite
locale is created. This option updates international
settings for the desktop applications and does not update the
$HOME/.lang file for locale. See IID(1) for the definition
of IRIX Interactive Desktop applications.
This is the second of the two update options when a new
composite locale is created. This option updates settings
for the desktop and the all other applications, including the
update of the $HOME/.lang file.
Exit to Desktop
Saves the settings and exits ipanel. Although the required
files for international settings will be updated, the user's
system and desktop environment may not be completely changed
to the new settings, depending on when the updated files will
Logout Now Saves the settings and then logs out from the current desktop
session. User's new personal international settings will be
in effect after logging back in.
Restart Now Saves the settings and then restarts the host machine.
System's new international settings will be in effect.
When updating international system settings or creating a new composite
locale without super-user privilege, the system root password must be
entered to complete the operation. There are two options which can be
selected with the correct password. When the password is not entered or
is incorrect, these options are ignored and ipanel exits without
completing the operation.
Complete this operation without granting any privileges
This completes the changes to the system level files without
granting the user a special auto-privilege for ipanel
Grant permanent privileges for this operation
This completes the changes to the system level files and
grants the user a special auto-privilege so that the
subsequent ipanel operations during the current login session
can be accomplished without re-entering the root password.
This option is useful for creating several new composite
Like most other customization panels, panel has the `runonce' feature,
meaning only one instance of the application will run from the toolchest
at one time. Attempting to launch ipanel a second time will have the
effect of deiconifying the application window or popping it to the top on
the current desk. In future releases, this `runonce' feature may be
extended to command line and icon catalog launches.
For more information about the entire IRIX Interactive Desktop
environment, see the IID(1) man page.
A button with flashing yellow border in the main ipanel window indicates
that the corresponding setting was automatically determined and has not
Files updated for personal international settings:
where hostname is replaced by the name of the system as returned by the
hostname(1) command and $HOME is the user's home directory. The
loginhostname is replaced by the user's login hostname, which is the same
as the hostname or is REMOTEHOST name if logged-in remotely.
Files updated for system international settings:
Specifying new composite locale will create a new locale in the following
/usr/share/lib/international/locales/ or /var/lib/international/locales/
Other associated files:
environ(5), xmodmap(1), setlocale(3), X(1), IID(1)
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