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Re: No 's' key after logon

on Mon, Nov 20, 2000 at 01:01:17AM -0800, John Bagdanoff (bagdanof@home.com) wrote:
> Well, I finally hit a WALL with woody:
> Briefly, my problem:
> Once I try to login after booting, my 's' key just beeps at me!  So
> 'startx' won't work because I have no 's'... just a beep.
> And, in mc, I get a 'warning, cant cd into archives'..... probably
> because it has an 's' in it.  Thinking, it may be the latest bash
> upgrade, I wanted to downgrade to the earlier bash that was there.
> But, noooooooo, dpkg couldn't find 'bah.deb'.  Even though I got the above
> warning, mc did show the archives directory.  In mc, I was able to use
> the 's' key.
> So I reboot to 'Linux single', but again, no 's'.  bummer.
> So I try 'mutt'  (thank the gods... No 's' in 'mutt').  Now, I'm
> typing this in 'vim' and the 's' (obviously) is working.
> Why couldn't it have been 'z' that went belly up instead of 's'?  
> Any help out there?  Any clue to what might be happening?  And
> hopefully a fix?
> (beep)incerly, your(beep)
> John


You'll notice there i* no '*' in Debian GNU/Linux, thi* i* by de*ign and
for a good rea*on....

I'd look at:

  - Language and/or locale settings.  If you can dump your environment
    (unfortunately, 'set' isn't going to help much...)

  - keysym settings.  Have your keysyms settings changed at all?  I'm
    not sure what commands you want to run, but 'dumpkeys' (tab
    completion is your friend) should show:

	keycode  31 = s               

  - Similarly, keyboard mappings -- check to see that you're running a
    standard keymap:

        $ loadkeys /usr/share/keymaps/i386/us.kmap.gz

If you've got gpm running, you may find you can cut and past 's'
characters from various screen output using your mouse.  It's a pain in
the a**, but if it'* the only thing you have, it'* the only thing you

Good luck.

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 Evangeli*t, Zelerate, Inc.                      http://www.zelerate.org
  What part of "Ge*talt" don't you under*tand?      There i* no K5 cabal
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