Why is X suddenly ignoring my dvorak settings?
Just when I thought I got it all figure out, X 4.0.1
on my PowerMac 7500 threw me for a loop. I just
upgraded to Debian Woody and I'm using the 2.2.20
kernel. I'm also using the new input layer, forgoing
the old ADB stuff. This has greatly simplfied
keyboard issues that I have always had when it comes
to using dvorak. Now, I can just loadkeys the i386
dvorak keyboard in the console in its all cool. Until
yesterday too, all I had to do to get dvorak to work
of X was to use this configuration in XF86Config-4:
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "macintosh"
Option "XkbLayout" "dvorak"
However, for some unknown reason, this setting no
longer works. I get qwerty in gdm and in X.
If anyone has any ideas about how I can fix this
problem, I would greatly appreciate it
By the way, there could be one of two causes.
Immediately before this dvorak to qwerty keyboard
change, I added the following lines to
/etc/sysctl.conf to get 3 mouse button emulation on my
This worked great, but I noticed that X now used a
qwerty keyboard layout instead of dvorak. Deducing
that the extra lines in /etc/systcl.conf was the cause
of my X problem, I removed them and rebooted my
machine, only to discover that I still had the X
keyboard qwerty layout. Bizarre.
There could also be a different cause. Despite
upgrading to Gnome 1.4 in woody, I now have a pretty
buggy desktop environment because it crashes alot,
totally freezes up, often, to the point where I can't
escape to a virtual console and kill it, but have to
reboot the machine. Messing with the mouse button
emulation, I experienced one of these crashes. So
maybe this is my problem.
But I don't really know. Let me know if you have any
ideas for fixing this problem. Or any explanation of
what is going on at least.
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