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Solved! (really? .. :) [was: Re: Keyboard on X with missing keys)

Kudos go to Frank Murphy, Oliver Ripka and John "I feel your pain,
brother" Lennon .. I wouldn't have made it 'til here without their help.

The solution is a *perhaps* (not being sure on this .. ) more or less out-dated
keyboard.tar.gz that is linked to from here:

I downloaded and installed successfuly the tarball from this last
URL or from here (I forgot which one I took :)

It seems I wasn't the first one with more or less unusable German keyboard
on X.

I had a closer look at the directory where the tarball mentioned on
is stored and found even slightly changed keymaps (Although, AFAICS, they seem
to be console maps (??) -- please see below).

As the manual on http://www.pl-forum.de/t_system/ibook-debian/part2.html is in
German here's in short what I did:

I copied from the unpacked tarball the xkb/ directory to /etc/X11/xkb, after
backing up the original /etc/X11/xkb/ before.

After editing the keyboard section of my XF86Config-4 according to the
XF86Config-4 from keyboard.tar.gz I copied ibook2-de-latin1-nodeadkeys.kmap.gz
and ibook2-de-latin1.kmap.gz to /etc/X11/, altho I'm definitely not quite sure
whether this made any sense as these 2 maps, AFAICS, are console maps (?)

The drawback of this procedure: some files in /xkb/ from keyboard.tar.gz are
about 18 months old, and they differ from the previous old ones in xkb/. So I
only can hope this fact will not break anything here on the machine.

The problem before was, too, that, as it seems to me, ~/.Xmodmap was not read or
recognized by FVWM or whatever at the start of X ...

Best Regards,
and Thanks to everyone who was helping.


On Thu, 31 Jul 2003, Frank Murphy wrote:

> On Wednesday 30 July 2003 6:38, Wolfgang Pfeiffer wrote:
> > On 27 Jul 2003, Michel Dänzer wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2003-07-27 at 05:06, Thomas Otto wrote:
> > > > > I'm missing the bar sign, the @ sign (I had to paste this one from
> > > > > the address in the header), bracketleft, bracketright, EuroSign and I
> > > > > don't know what else on the keyboard on X.
> > > >
> > > > Same here, on an iBook2 700Mhz. I ended up writing my own ~/.Xmodmap
> > > > which i load when I login.
> > >
> > > It seems everybody does that, instead of fixing the X keymaps... I'm no
> > > better myself. :)
> >
> > But where *is* this keymap that will be read at the start of an X session
> > on Debian 3.0. r1 /testing?
> Should be /etc/X11/xkb/symbols/macintosh/de. You can make changes to that file
> (make a copy first), and run setxkbmap to get the changes. Run setxkbmap with
> -v 10 to get some output.
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