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Re: Please test Macintosh keyboards with xkb-data 0.8-12exp1

On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 11:42 +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 10:36:14AM +0200, Michel Dänzer wrote:
> > On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 08:46 +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
> > > 
> > > You can set model to macintosh_old2, this is a workaround until we find
> > > exactly which models need swapped keys.  Can you please
> > >   cat /proc/cpuinfo
> > > and send its output?
> > 
> > FWIW, IIRC this may actually be a kernel issue (its keyboard type
> > detection is incomplete / buggy), so I'm not sure it can be solved at
> > the XKB level without explicit configuration.
> Do you have any proposal for model names?

I'm not sure a model will cut it either. Here's my recollection of the

The hardware keycodes of these keys can be swapped, depending on layout
and maybe other factors (IIRC it's about ISO vs. other variants of ADB
keyboards). The kernel should detect this and always generate the same
PC-style keycodes, but fails to do so in some cases. I think the
keyboard type can be deferred from

dmesg|grep 'adb devices'

but I forget how exactly.

So maybe this should be handled via layout/variant/option.

Don't take my word for it though; I haven't sacrificed any neurons on
this for a couple of years, and my memory is fuzzy. I hope this will
help someone else dig out more information though.

Earthling Michel Dänzer           |          http://tungstengraphics.com
Libre software enthusiast         |          Debian, X and DRI developer

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