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Bug#559878: debian-installer: keyboard e grub problems

On Monday 07 December 2009, Davide Prina wrote:
> Frans Pop wrote:
> > On Monday 07 December 2009, Davide Prina wrote:
> >> Also others Italian people have had the same problem (I have ask on
> >> the italian-user mailing list).
> >
> > That is possible because until recently there really was a bug in the
> > keyboard setup for the installed system, but that was fixed almost a
> > month ago.
> they say few day ago

Well, we'll still need additional info on how to reproduce as currently I 
don't see any problems.

> I have forgotten to say that the keyboard is a wireless keyboard,
> probably this can be important. I have installed Debian on three PC in
> these days and only on the wireless keyboard I have had that problem
> during the installation process.

I was wondering if it could be something like that. Sounds to me as if the 
communication with the keyboard is unreliable resulting in random changes 
in caps state. That would also fit with the capslock problem and could 
explain the password problem.

> Anyway if I press CapsLock and press the 'è' key I get 'È' in my main
> system (Debian Squeeze). If I press the Shift-è I get 'é'.

OK, that's probably a difference between the Italian keymap definition in 
console-data and the one in X then. Unrelated to the installer.

I'm still not sure it's a bug though as what you're getting now sounds very 
inconsistent. If I understand correctly you now get this:

		US key	IT key	IT w/ capslock
no shift	  [	  è	    È
with shift	  {	  é	    é

If it was consistent, you should be getting É with capslock on and shift.

The keymap can be changed to generate capital accented characters, but that 
would have to be done by filing a bug report against the package that 
contains the X.Org keyboard definitions, and I would strongly suggest 
discussing it first on the debian-l10n-italian mailing list.

> 2) Selezionare la disposizione della tastiera (Choose keyboard layout)
> -> Non configurare la tastiera e mantenere quella del kernel (do not
> configure, use kernel configuration)

Well, keeping kernel configuration means you get a US keyboard layout, so 
that means you're not actually testing what we want tested.

> Note: I have choose the kernel configuration because I don't have a
> ps2/USB keyboard

Not sure how that matters. IIUC you effectively only select a different 
keymap, so if a keyboard works with the default keymap then AFAIK it 
should continue to work. But I'm not an expert in that area, so I may well 
be wrong.

> I have stopped the installation because the keyboard layout is not
> Italian for sure.
> Note: I have try to look in the Ctrl-Alt-F2 console if the keyboard
> become Italian during the steps, but it is always English

Yes, that's expected if you choose to keep the kernel keymap.

If you can get someone else to reproduce the problem using a current daily 
image then we can look further, but based on the current information and 
my own test I don't think there is a problem, at least not in the 
installer itself.


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