Configuring a US keyboard with umlauts in sid (hal etc?)
I have a Thinkpad T43p which has a quite complete keyboard, and it comes
with US layout. Which I like. However, I'd also like to be able to
easily input german Umlauts. I don't like the compose approach, it
needs too much keypressing for fast typing. Instead I want to use the
AltGr key to turn AltGr+a to ä, AltGr+A to Ä and so forth.
In lenny this worked fine. Now I have upgraded to unstable, and it
stopped working. I'm writing here to get some help.
I found out that there are two places that claim to be responsible for
keyboard configuration now: One is /etc/default/keyboard, the other
would be /etc/hal/fdi/policy.
However, I can't figure out how to do it right. /etc/default/keyboard
has keywords just like the old xorg.conf, but not quite. There, I have
XKBMODEL, XKBLAYOUT, XKBVARIANT, and XKBOPTIONS
in xorg.conf, I used this definition for my keyboard:
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
# Option "XkbVariant" "intl"
Option "XkbModel" "thinkpad"
Option "XkbOptions" "compose:caps,lv3:ralt_switch_multikey,eurosign:e"
So I tried
$ egrep -v '^#|^$' /etc/default/keyboard
(and also with XKBVARIANT="intl" and "intl-altgr"), but that doesn't
recover the old behavior. It seems those xorg options are simply not
supported, as "dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration" tells me.
So I looked at the other way, but I can't find an example file that
looks like it could contain settings like the ones above. Finally, I
find /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-x11-evdev.fdi - which
seems to delegate its configuration to evdev, which is documented as
being configured in xorg.conf. Err.
Any hints how I should proceed?
Dr. Frank Küster
Debian Developer (TeXLive)
VCD Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg, ADFC Miltenberg
B90/Grüne KV Miltenberg