reassign 550962 console-data retitle 55092 Please offer Bépo keyboard layout during D-I installs thanks Quoting Frederic Boiteux (email@example.com): > Package: kbd-chooser > Version: 1.48 > Severity: normal > > > Quite a lot of people in France now uses the 'dvorak like' Bépo keyboard layout Hmmm, really? We do not seem to live in the same country..:-) > It would be helpful to be able to select the Bépo layout as early as possible, > because it's very different from any other layout, and so it's very difficult > to type when using the default french layout (azerty), and is error prone when > typing the root password on a wrong layout ! > I faced this problem when testing the Squeeze' daily debian-installer, but I also uses debian-installer system (from Lenny) in rescue-mode, and i face the same problem in this case. > > The Bépo layout is already defined in console-data and available in Xorg (and so in console-setup), but I didn't found how to patch kbd-chooser to let propose it … Because what you need to patch is console-data, not kbd-chooser. Still, the current set of proposed keymaps in D-I is volunterily restricted, in order to avoid cluttering the initrd (where space is constrained). So, more or less, over time, one rule of thumb has been applied: one language, one keymap (with exceptions when a multi-country language implies different keymaps depending on the country....the best example of this is French for which we have already four different keymaps). I frankly do not see the Bépo keymap used widely enough to deserve including it in the volunterily restricted set of keymaps offerred during installs. At least, this is a nearly definitive advice as long as we're using console-data in D-I and haven't switched to a complete use of console-setup. That switch to c-s is underway but has been neglected in the last months....including by c-s main maintainer.....up to the point where I'm currently considering changing my own mind and push for us to go back the safe way and use console-data by default on squeeze installs. If the switch to c-s is revived, then it might be much much easier to have a way to offer Bépo fr keymaps during the install (and probably not only this one...:-)) > > As a side note, the french translation of Bépo layout's description in console-setup is incorrect, and have been fixed in xkeyboard-config's 1.7 release, not yet packaged. That implies a rebuild of console-setup...once the new xkeyboard-config is uploaded to unstable. *that*, I can do as long as I'm notified of this.
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