Re: XFree86 update question
Ethan Benson wrote:
I had this same problem, and still can't figure out an answer to it.
The breakage occurred between 4.0.3 and 4.1.0 (which may have just made
it into testing?), and I upgraded kernel-image-2.2.19-pmac at the same time.
On Mon, Sep 10, 2001 at 09:27:10AM -0400, Russell Hires wrote:
I did my normal apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade for woody last night,
and when XFree86 [server] | [common] | [whatever] replaces the version that
was there before, it completely replaces my keymap with something else. In
order to fix this problem, I have reboot the computer, rather than just
restart X. I was particularly frustrated last night as I was working with
zope, and I lost all ability to do anything until I rebooted. Thank goodness
my mouse still worked :-) Besides that, I get asked a few questions about new
settings or staying with defaults and I can't even say what I want to do
since the keys are all messed up...
Is there something that can be done about that? What causes that, anyway,
user error on my part? ;-)
Fortunately, I have a Dvorak ~/.Xmodmap, which gives me most of the keys
I need (though I only mapped alphanumeric keys, space and CR, so shift,
ctrl, function keys, cursor, etc. are still broken, and it's not really
usable), and survived the transition intact. So it appears that the
default map has broken on upgrade, but my personal map still works fine.
I tried both "macintosh" and "pc101" in dpkg-reconfigure
xserver-xfree86, both of which should give the correct mappings for the
new input layer (which I've been using since it first arrived in
Second problem: using gdm and gnome-session, the mouse stops working
after the first logout, that is, the mouse is frozen at the second gdm
login screen. I observed this behavior also on an i386 system freshly
installed with X 4.1.0 three weeks ago (but not on previously-installed
continuously-upgraded systems), and switched to /dev/gpmdata, which
solved it for some time, then it broke again, so I removed gpm.
Unfortunately, there is no /dev/gpmdata on PPC, and with the X keymap
broken I kinda "need" gpm to work at the console, so I haven't tried
switch the kernel to use linux keycodes.
Done that (long since).
BTW, I hadn't reported this yet since I haven't had time to look into
details and assumed I must be doing something wrong. Thanks Russell for
the post, now I know I'm not the only one! :-)
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