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Re: Now working... gdm??? Re: Couldn't load XKB keymap... Can't switch to terminal mode

On Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 01:21:21PM EST, Florian Kulzer wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 22:18:51 -0800, Kenward Vaughan wrote:
> [...]
> > I started up gdm to give myself choices on sessions (to test fully
> > whether this was a problem across the board with WM's) and found things
> > working properly across the board.
> > 
> > !@#$%&!
> > 
> > Go figure.  Using gdm enables the keys.  Without gdm, no go.  Several
> > oddities:
> > 
> > I notice as I write this note is that the keyboard is no longer
> > inputting as UTF-8 encoding (i.e. I don't have to hit a space to have a
> > quote mark print on its own instead of generating an umlaut, etc).
> > 
> > Also, trying to start a gnome session failed--iceWM came up instead of
> > Metacity, and the gnome session part froze.  
> > 
> > Lastly, VT 7 is not being used by gdm--8 is being used.  ????
> > 
> > But now I can switch VT's as desired as long as gdm is running.
> > 
> > So am I correct in assuming that gdm has somehow caused this problem?  I
> > was using it for a while but decided to stop it, opting for a leaner
> > approach to things.  I don't recall when that was relative to noticing
> > the switching terminal problem.
> So it sort of works at the moment. I do not know the interactions
> between gdm, the window managers and Xorg well enough to guess whose
> "fault" this behavior is. 
> However, a recent post of Kent West has reminded me of something that I
> had forgotten. It might help to remove the xlibs package; see here:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2007/02/msg02398.html

I've pretty much lost track but if the OP absolutely needs a GUI logon
screen .. did he try the alternatives to gdm (xdm, kdm, wdm, ..) ??

Otherwise what's wrong with ..

$ startx $(which window-manager) -- 0:

... ?

Is this a corporate setup where he needs to provide a GUI login screen
to a crowd of users?

Or is K.W. actually claiming that he must have gdm in order to be able
to switch to a console and that all else fails?

Just my two cents .. please ignore if I missed something.



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