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Bug#546983: console-setup-mini: fails to set the keyboard layout (and falls back to "us" layout)

Package: console-setup-mini
Version: 1.44
Severity: important


I upgraded my Debian testing (squeeze) notebook yesterday and various
packages were upgraded (among which several xorg packages).
Due to dependencies, console-setup-mini was pulled in, as confirmed
by /var/log/aptitude :

  [INSTALL, DEPENDENCIES] console-setup-mini

During the configuration step, various debconf questions were asked:
I tried hard to reply reasonably.

Today, I booted up the notebook and logged in on the console
(I do not use any graphical login manager) and noticed that
the keyboard layout was set to US, while my notebook has an
Italian keyboard (buying a notebook with a US keyboard is close
to impossible down here in Italy...).

I thought I messed up with debconf questions, hence I re-ran:

  # dpkg-reconfigure console-setup-mini

The resulting configuration is shown below and translates into the
following conffile:

  $ grep -v '^#\|^$' /etc/default/console-setup 

Despite XKBLAYOUT is clearly set to "it", I still get a US keyboard
map on the console (X is fine, instead).
I even tried to upgrade to console-setup-mini/1.45 from unstable
and I even rebooted the notebook, just in case...
Nothing changed: still US layout, no matter what!

I tried to issue the following command (going from memory, since
the last time I needed to *manually* set the keyboard layout was
some 7 or 8 years ago!):

  $ loadkeys it
  Loading /usr/share/keymaps/i386/qwerty/it.kmap.gz
  Keymap 0: Permission denied
  Keymap 1: Permission denied
  Keymap 2: Permission denied
  KDSKBENT: Operation not permitted
  loadkeys: could not deallocate keymap 3

As you can see, it didn't work.

Please help!
I really cannot understand why setting a non-US keyboard layout
has suddenly become *so* hard in Debian testing!

What's wrong with my notebook?

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (800, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages console-setup-mini depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         1.5.27     Debian configuration management sy

Versions of packages console-setup-mini recommends:
ii  console-tools              1:0.2.3dbs-66 Linux console and font utilities

Versions of packages console-setup-mini suggests:
ii  lsb-base                      3.2-23     Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip

-- debconf information:
* console-setup/variant: Italy
  console-setup/unsupported_options: true
* console-setup/ctrl_alt_bksp: false
  console-setup/modelcode: pc105
  console-setup/fontsize: 16
  console-setup/unsupported_layout: true
  console-setup/layoutcode: it
  console-setup/codesetcode: Lat15
* console-setup/altgr: The default for the keyboard layout
* console-setup/codeset: # Latin1 and Latin5 - western Europe and Turkic languages
  console-setup/toggle: No toggling
* console-setup/fontface: VGA
* console-setup/fontsize-text: 16
* console-setup/compose: No compose key
  console-setup/switch: No temporary switch
  console-setup/unsupported_config_layout: true
* console-setup/charmap: UTF-8
  console-setup/unsupported_config_options: true
* console-setup/model:
  console-setup/fontsize-fb: 16

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