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Bug#617580: console-setup: Poor documentation for configuring the keyboard

On Wed Mar  9 22:41:39 2011, anton@lml.bas.bg wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 09, 2011 at 09:15:50PM +0100, Jorgen Grahn wrote:
> > 
> > I've just upgraded to Squeeze, trying to find a way to bring back my 
> > old heavily customized X11 keymap. I think I can state my problem in 
> > the cleanest way by describing how I did my search:
> >
> > [...]
> Thank you for the valuable information.  The omissions in the 
> documentation are not always obvious to the maintainers.

Thanks. I hoped you would understand.

> > - Then I easily find /etc/default/keyboard, containing the new config.
> >   Trying to learn about this file is difficult though -- hard to tell
> >   which package it belongs to.
> Isn't this explained in the comments of this file?  The following is the 
> contents of this file on my system:
> # Check /usr/share/doc/keyboard-configuration/README.Debian for
> # documentation on what to do after having modified this file.

That is how it looks on my system as well. So I learned that:
- the file belongs to keyboard-configuration
- setupcon(1) reads it (perhaps indirectly)

I guess that is where I lost track for a few hours, because setupcon
is in another package, and its man page was a bit of a dead end
apart from the reference to the README.

    (BTW, my immediate problem was to get my own keymap in X11.  I
    solved it by bringing in my old Lenny xorg.conf and disabling the
    three xorg.conf settings which cause the keyboard settings there
    to be ignored.
    I may later try to enter it in /etc/default/keyboard too, but I
    use the console only in emergencies, and then a standard US
    keyboard mapping is completely acceptable to me.)


  // Jörgen Grahn                  | mot du jour: om man säjer -      
\X/ <grahn@snipabacken.se>         |                                  

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