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Bug#899979: keyboard-configuration: the caron dead-key of the czech keyboard on the console does not work as expected

Package: keyboard-configuration
Version: 1.164
Severity: important
Tags: l10n

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Severity: important

When on the console, while switched to the czech keyboard layout,
the keyboard button used as the dead key for the caron (the one
marked with "+" next to the backspace on the international PC keyboard)
does not produce characters with the caron above the letter.


 toggle the keyboard from us to cz by once pressing CTRL and SHIFT together

Current behavior:

   when pressing SHIFT and + together, followed by pressing "d", produces:


   when holding SHIFT, and pressing + followed by pressing "d", produces:


Expected behavior:

   when pressing SHIFT and + together, followed by pressing "d", should produce
   a character with the UTF-8 code 0xC48F:


   when holding SHIFT, and pressing + followed by pressing "d", should produce
   a character with the UTF-8 code 0xC48E:


The effect is the same for the "t", "n", "c" and any other character in the
czech alphabet that has the variant with the caron above the letter, capitals
including, and when one tries to write that character using the caron dead
key on the czech keyboard. So, for example, instead of:
     ť ň č Č
I get:
     ^t ^n ^c ^C

The above has been observed with the following setup:

$ cat /etc/debian_version


$ uname -a

Linux tst 4.9.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.88-1+deb9u1 (2018-05-07) x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ cat /proc/cmdline

BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.9.0-6-amd64 root=UUID=2bc1c9e8-e157-4d42-90b7-24e165cccf87 ro nomodeset

$ COLUMNS=200 dpkg -l keyboard-configuration console-setup

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                   Version      Architecture Description
ii  console-setup          1.164        all          console font and keymap setup program
ii  keyboard-configuration 1.164        all          system-wide keyboard preferences

$ cat /etc/default/keyboard

# Consult the keyboard(5) manual page.

$ cat /etc/default/console-setup

# Consult the console-setup(5) manual page.

$ cat /etc/default/locale



I have confirmed that the problem described exists for the "bksl", "qwerty" and
"qwerty_bksl" keyboard variants, as well as XKBVARIANT ""
(in the /etc/default/keyboard).

The problem described above appeared since the switch from the kbd
package to the keyboard-configuration/console-setup packages, and did not
exist in Debian < 9.

Please suggest a fix or a workaround. Thanks.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.4
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-6-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages keyboard-configuration depends on:
ii  debconf                 1.5.61
ii  liblocale-gettext-perl  1.07-3+b1

keyboard-configuration recommends no packages.

keyboard-configuration suggests no packages.

Versions of packages console-setup depends on:
ii  console-setup-linux  1.164
ii  debconf              1.5.61
ii  xkb-data             2.19-1+deb9u1

Versions of packages console-setup suggests:
ii  locales   2.24-11+deb9u3
ii  lsb-base  9.20161125

Versions of packages console-setup-linux depends on:
ii  init-system-helpers  1.48
ii  initscripts          2.88dsf-59.9
ii  kbd                  2.0.3-2+b1

Versions of packages console-setup-linux suggests:
ii  console-setup  1.164

Versions of packages keyboard-configuration is related to:
ii  console-common        0.7.89
ii  console-data          2:1.12-5
pn  console-tools         <none>
pn  gnome-control-center  <none>
ii  kbd                   2.0.3-2+b1
ii  systemd               232-25+deb9u3

-- debconf information excluded

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