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