Introduction to gucharmap

gucharmap is a Unicode character map and font viewer. It allows you to browse through all the available Unicode characters and categories for the installed fonts, and to examine their detailed properties. It is an easy way to find the character you might only know by its Unicode name or code point.

Package Information

gucharmap Dependencies


GTK+-2.10.13 and XML::Parser-2.34


GNOME Doc Utils-0.10.3 (to build the user manual), libgnomeui-2.18.1, and intltool-0.35.5

User Notes:

Installation of gucharmap



The instructions below are based on installing the package into a GNOME-2 environment. If, for whatever reason, you're installing this package without having ORBit2 and the core GNOME-2 libraries installed, you'll need to modify the --prefix= parameter on the configure script to point to your desired installation path (e.g., --prefix=/usr).

Install gucharmap by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.


Installed Programs: charmap, gnome-character-map, and gucharmap
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/gucharmap and share/{gnome/help/,omf/}/gucharmap

Short Descriptions


is a Unicode character map and font viewer.

Last updated on 2007-07-25 10:05:53 -0500