Status of kbd console-data and console-setup
The freeze date is about three months away and i'd like to know if there
are any plans about these packages before then.
The main problem is that currently systemd comes with a partially broken
localectl, well explained here:
And in the resulting bug report: #790955
If i understand correctly, the core problem is that kbd doesn't come
with keymaps but mandate these to console-setup or console-data. But
both carry them in a path unsuitable for localectl.
Console-data package was last updated in 2014, was reported obsolete for
a long time and user reporting bug to it are sollecited to migrate to
console-setup. For example see the preistoric bug #626680 (still valid).
And upstream looks definitely dead.
Why this broken package is still available?
Nowadays localectl from systemd coupled with kbd are able to cover the
main job of console-setup, isn't it? I mean setting up console's and
So i wonder if today isn't better and simpler to finally drop
console-data, deliver a kbd package more closer to upstream (with all
its keymaps) and possibly adapt console-setup to use the keymaps
provided by it.
Moreover, i note that kbd upstream deliver a vlock binary which Debian
doesn't. Instead Debian provide a separate and optional "vlock" package,
last updated on 2014, but apparently from a different source. So i
wonder if wouldn't be useful to deliver also the upstream vlock binary
Hope to help.