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Bug#581758: keyboard-configuration: way to enable xserver zapping not documented

On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 12:28:13 +0200, Petr Baudis wrote:

> On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 06:34:28PM +0200, Julien Cristau wrote:
> > There's some info about that change in
> > /usr/share/doc/xkb-data/NEWS.Debian.gz.  I think it's more appropriate
> > to have it there rather than in keyboard-configuration, since that's
> > where the change was made, and that's also the package that's getting
> > upgraded from lenny as opposed to a new package.  Suggestions for
> > improvement of that text are welcome.
> I was looking really hard for this information, but xkb-data is one
> package that never occured to me to look at - I saw it in the list of
> xkb-related packages, but it seemed obvious to me that it would just
> contain definitions of particular layouts and not concern itself with
> talking about general xkb options.
Well, it defines all the various layouts, variants, options, etc, but
point taken.

> I think the wording is fine, it is just not obvious to look for that
> information in xkb-data.  Traditionally, the shortcut to zap the X
> server has been regarded as a core X server functionality, so
> traditional users are also not that likely to look at xkb-data docs.
The NEWS file is shown on upgrade if apt-listchanges is installed.

> What about adding this in /etc/default/keyboard ?
>  # The following variables describe your keyboard and can have the same
>  # values as the XkbModel, XkbLayout, XkbVariant and XkbOptions options
> -# in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
> +# in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Notably, XkbOptions now needs to explicitly
> +# set "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp" to enable the traditional X server
> +# zapping behavior.
I don't really like this.  It really is a 'default changed between
lenny and squeeze' issue, so I think a NEWS file and release notes are
more appropriate than cluttering the config file with it.

> Another option would be to at least make sure that the Squeeze release
> notes outline this clearly. I'm not sure what the process for this would
> be as there seem to be no release notes available yet.
Bugs can be filed against the release-notes pseudo-package.  Better yet
to include suggested wording ;)


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