Package Details: nethack-x11 3.6.6-1

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Package Base: nethack-x11
Description: Single-player roguelike dungeon exploration game (X11 version)
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Keywords: game nethack X11
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: nethack
Submitter: None
Maintainer: Forty-Bot
Last Packager: Forty-Bot
Votes: 29
Popularity: 0.033092
First Submitted: 2008-07-03 18:01
Last Updated: 2020-04-19 15:01

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Forty-Bot commented on 2020-10-04 12:23

Hi jfcg, thanks for showing interest in this package.

  • Alternate tilesets are outside the scope of this package. If you would like to add some, feel free to fork this package :)
  • You can set numpad in-game with shift-O, or in your .nethackrc. If you would like to change the defaults, I suggest creating a patch upstream.

jfcg commented on 2020-10-04 10:00


Thanks for the nethack-x11 package. I have some suggestions to improve first time user experience:

  • 32x32 tilesets ( Dawnhack looks more appealing than the default 32x32 tileset. Nevanda looks even better but after converting it to xpm file and replacing x11tiles with it, nethack-x11 does not start. Also options "fullscreen, tile_width:32, tile_height:32" in /etc/nethackrc are necessary for bigger tiles.

  • number_pad:1 option would be more reasonable for easy navigation since this is a gui package.

  • pickup_types:$?!/="+ looks like a reasonable pickup default (

  • when i run nethack-x11 on my current / updated Manjaro laptop, I see messages at the top, map in the middle and status at the bottom as 3 rows. I think it would be much better if messages appear on the bottom right (next to status), and the map covers the mid and upper section of the screen. I tried align_message and align_status options but they did not work (


revealer commented on 2020-05-05 21:50

I have xorg-fonts-misc installed as I saw it as a possible solution on other sites.

Forty-Bot commented on 2020-05-05 20:04

Do you have xorg-fonts-misc installed? If that solves your issue I'll add it as a dependency.

revealer commented on 2020-05-05 18:53

The game is not starting:


Warning: Cannot convert string "--fixed-medium----15-------*" to type FontStruct

Warning: Unable to load any usable ISO8859 font

Warning: Unable to load any usable ISO8859 font

Segmentation fault```

Forty-Bot commented on 2020-04-19 15:03

@teeahr1 what error message do you get when running as a normal user?

Have you tried running strace on it?

teeahr1 commented on 2020-03-11 19:25

I can only launch the game as root. Anyone else having this problem?

aggu commented on 2020-01-10 04:33

Thanks, just filed the issue to the github. (I wasn't sure that X11 version is in the same repository, so didn't do that before.)

Forty-Bot commented on 2020-01-09 17:28

Have you tried filing a bug on their github? Additionally, if you can find an older release which doesn't have this bug, you can try using git bisect to find the offending commit.

aggu commented on 2020-01-08 17:32

Why sometimes h,j,k,l keys do not work? The keys just scroll the messages in the top pane. For example, when pressing ? key for help, then h, nothing happens; pressing ? then k scroll up the messages; but pressing ? key then a works.