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Thanks for numerous people who gave me advice in Usenet.
The new character set, ISO-8859-15 which is also known as latin9 and in order to maximize confusion as latin0, was created to replace ISO-8859-1 (latin1) and it includes the euro character.
The Euro is mapped to AltGr-e and the cent - if it is used - is mapped to AltGr-Shift-e in X and on AltGr-c on console.
The Euro Mini HOWTO was written on a Debian system and the set up works on Debian 3.0 (Debian testing as the time of writing).
glibc 2.2 and newer support the Euro. The correct locale is, for example, fi_FI@euro.
Check that the file /usr/share/keymaps/include/euro.inc.gz includes lines
A console font, which suppports euro, must be loaded. Red Hat uses command setfont and Debian uses command consolechars.
In Debian the file /etc/console-tools/config must have ISO-8859-15 screen font:
In Red Hat the file /etc/sysconfig/i18n must have lines
With default configuration AltGr-e (the right Alt for those who have no AltGr) produces the generic currency symbol which looks like a four legged spider. When the font of the program is changed to a ISO-8859-15 font the currency symbol is replaced by the Euro symbol. In Debian this can be achieved by adding line
to the file /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTerm. The fonts available in distributions and installations vary.
If AltGr-e does not work add line
to the file /etc/X11/Xmodmap
Change the font setting in KControl to ISO-8859-15.
Change the font setting in Gnome Control Center to ISO-8859-15.
A better way of doing this is changing the system wide GTK+ configuration with commands
Emacsen 21 and newer have partial euro support. The following elisp should work:
Note that you cannot write Euro characters. You can only see them.