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

On Thu Mar 10 15:12:16 2011, anton@lml.bas.bg wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 01:18:38PM +0100, J?rgen Grahn wrote:
> >
> >  (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.
> My point was to ask you why the following comment is not sufficient:
> # 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.
> According to it you can simply copy your customized layout from
> xorg.conf to /etc/default/keyboard so (at least this was my intention)  no
> additional reading of documentation is required.

It's probably sufficient for normal usage (except I'd like to see it
in a man page).

But my customization includes a new XkbLayout, i.e. new and modified
files under /usr/share/X11/xkb/. That made me wonder if console-setup
really used these files, or if it supported a subset of the X11
settings by somehow emulating them.  It seemed unlikely that a
console-only Debian installation would have a dependency on X11.

When I found the ckbcomp(1) man page, it confirmed that
/usr/share/X11/xkb/ is used -- but finding it took some detective
work, as I described earlier.

I hope this makes my problem clearer. 


  // Jörgen Grahn                  | mot du jour: digitata            
\X/ <grahn@snipabacken.se>         |                                  

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