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Bug#179755: UK Sun-type5 Keymapissue


Well the Xfree86 options list in the install for Debain Sparc does not give you the option to set the XkbModel to "type5_euro". The only option that you can set that will work infact is type5_us (the Uk one freezes the install after the welcome window after first boot up) but that totally screws up the keyboard map once you install if you allow the installation to load X windows. 

In fact if you don't reconfigure the Xfree86 at the command prompt before x windows loads you are totally stuffed as you can only log in by making the username a key stroke you know you can get and making the password the same (which means you have already tried to install once and got to the X window log in and played around to see what keystokes give what symbols).

It seems to me that there is some sort of fundamental problem in the Xfree86 program that is causing these problems with the keymaps.

Surely you want people to be able to load future versions of Debain for Sparc without having all this trouble trying to get Xfree86 to work properly.

If I understand a bug properly its a glitch in a program that prevents it from working properly. At the moment Xfree86 installation does not work properly in the sparc port of woody.



 On Tue, 4 Feb 2003 09:27:59 -0500
Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:

> tag 179755 + moreinfo
> thanks
> On Tue, Feb 04, 2003 at 10:48:36AM +0000, Inhabitant of Zion wrote:
> > package: xfree86
> > version: 4.2.1-5
> > severity: Only effects Sun Sparc users
> > 
> > -- System Information
> > Debian Release: 3.0
> > Architecture: sparc
> > Kernal Linux trinity 2.4.18 #2 Thu Apr 11 14:37:17 EDT 2002 sparc64
> > Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C
> > 
> > The only way to get a UK keyboard to work with the right mapping is to select the default US type 5 Keymap and edit the setting at command prompt before loading X window (If you load X you have had it as all the kays move 1 to left on first 3 rows and other are in odd places or not there at all).
> > 
> > I got it working by using dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
>   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > 
> > Option	"Xkbrules" "sun"
> > Option  "XkbModel" "type5_euro"
> > Option  "Xkblayout" "gb"
> I don't understand how this is a bug.  You have to configure the XFree86
> X server before you can use it.
> -- 
> G. Branden Robinson                |     Software engineering: that part of
> Debian GNU/Linux                   |     computer science which is too
> branden@debian.org                 |     difficult for the computer
> http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     scientist.

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