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Re: Keyboard mess

On Mon, 4 Nov 1996, Brian C. White wrote:

> > > Netscape runs _fine_ if you use the Debian installer package!  Actually,
> > > all you really need to do is point it to the existing XKeySymDB file.
> > >
> > > This probably the case for other Motif apps, too.
> > 
> > And how can we do this?
> The netscape package is available under contrib.
> To use the existing XKeysymDB file, either compile the app with the correct
> directory or set the env var:
> csh:	setenv XKEYSYMDB /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XKeysymDB
> bash:	set XKEYSYMDB="/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XKeysymDB"; export XKEYSYMDB

This does not work for all applications, particularly those which are not 
available as source packages but only as compiled binaries.  I have 
solved this problem in the following way:

Run xkeycaps with its output redirected to a file called Xmodmap.new.  
Change the mapping of the BS key to mean 'Backspace' rather than 'Delete' 
and then write all of the keys out.  I then take this Xmodmap.new file 
and move it to /etc/X11/Xmodmap.  This works fine for all the 
applications I have tried so far but I am not really sure of the 
potential negative consequences.  



    *                            Carlo U. Segre                           *
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