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Re: Bug#230832: xserver-xfree86: XkbVariant was fi, kb not working in X

reassign 230832 localization-config
severity 230832 important
tags 230832 - moreinfo unreproducible

On Sunday 19 December 2004 02:08, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 03:34:48PM +0200, Tapio Lehtonen wrote:
> > I installed Debian GNU/Linux sarge from rc2 netinst cd, not choosing
> > Desktop in the tasksel. After installing, I used aptitude to install
> > Gnome et al. Then when gdm did not start, I noticed xserver-xfree86
> > was not installed and used aptitude to install also that.
> >
> > Now gdm worked but I could not type some characters. Middle of the
> > keyboard did not work (and it worked OK in console). I saw in
> > /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 that XkbVariant was fi. I had not typed that
> > there, the file was as is from installing xserver. I was not asked
> > during install about keyboard variant.
> >
> > I ran dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86, chose empty to XkbVariant and
> > keyboard started working even in X.
> I have absolutely no idea how "fi" magically got poked into the debconf
> database.

This has probably been done by the localization-config package which is 
run as part of base-config. It's function is to preconfigure some 
packages (selected settings) based on the language/country the user 

However, it should of course never set values leading to a broken 

A downside of this package is that it does not inform the user of the fact 
that is being run at all (at least not at normal priority) and of what 
configuration settings it has 'seeded' in the debconf-database.


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