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Bug#568638: 'dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration' takes no immediate effect

close 568638
thank you

On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 08:07:02PM +0100, Piotr Engelking wrote:
> > This is because the only purpose of keyboard-configuration is to create
> > a configuration file in /etc/default/keyboard.  It doesn't configure the
> > keyboard in any way.
> This is rather confusing, as other Debian packages tend to take their
> reconfiguration into effect immediately.

The only purpose of keyboard-configuration is to create 
/etc/default/keyboard and after dpkg-reconfigure the package only 
updates this file. It is not the purpose of keyboard-configuration to 
change the state of the keyboard in any way.  

It is difficult for keyboard-configuration to tell how many packages of 
Debian are using /etc/default/keyboard and what command is required in 
order to enforce the changes in this file.  The current Debian policy 
does not permit the use of 'Note' Debconf-template in order to present 
the user with unimportant messages because they tend to become annoying. 
If console-setup is installed then the required information to setup the 
console is in /usr/share/doc/console-setup/README.gz.  I don't know what 
is the proper method to update the keyboard in X or in BSD or in Hurd.

Anton Zinoviev

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