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Re: No 's' key after logon

on Mon, Nov 20, 2000 at 02:14:17AM -0800, John Bagdanoff (bagdanof@home.com) wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 20, 2000 at 01:33:25AM -0800, kmself@ix.netcom.com wrote:
> > 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.

> > John:

> > I'd look at:
> > 
> >   - Language and/or locale settings.  If you can dump your environment
> >     (unfortunately, 'set' isn't going to help much...)
> Yeah, cant do this

You can.

> >   - 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               
> Yup, keycode is 31 = s

Ok, it's not your keyboard or syms.

> >   - Similarly, keyboard mappings -- check to see that you're running a
> >     standard keymap:
> > 
> >         $ loadkeys /usr/share/keymaps/i386/us.kmap.gz
> > 
> cant find 'loadkey'  (no s)

Try tab completion on that.  You should be able to type "loadkey<tab>"
and have the command complete for you.  If *that* doesn't work...
You're even more hosed than I thought.

> > 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
> > have.
> > 
> This was a great idea, but it just pasted a beep.  

Ok.  I'm almost positive it's your environment, terminal setting, or

Since you *can* edit stuff in mutt, and possibly elsewhere (does vi
work?), you're going to have to create shell scripts and run these to
diagnose and fix your problem.

Remember that since you're dealing with shell environment settings,
you're going to want to *source* the files, not execute them.  E.g.:

    $ vi kbdfix
    . ./kbdfix

...You should be able to run diagnostics including that 'set' command I
told you you could run earlier.

> I'll work on this more tommorow, but right now I got to get to bed,
> cause I got a root canal in the morning.  (ugh!!!)

You're just rolling in it right now, aren't you.

> > Good luck.
> Thank*, I'll need it

In which case, *really* good luck.

Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>     http://www.netcom.com/~kmself
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