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Bug#266568: AT Keyboard Broken Under X

tag 266568 + moreinfo help
retitle 266568 xserver-xfree86: [keyboard] AT keyboard not working through PS/2 adapter

On Wed, Aug 18, 2004 at 10:06:55PM +1200, Harry Nicholls wrote:
> Package: xserver-xfree86
> Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-6
> I have a PS/2 keyboard connected to my PC through a PS/2 to AT adaptor.
> Until last night, it worked perfectly under Xfree86 on Sid (i386). After
> updating to the latest packages it doesn't respond.  Everything is fine
> with a console login, but for some reason X just doesn't want to
> recognise it. The only possibly notable line in the log was "Generic
> Keyboard using legacy driver" or something along those lines.
> It may also be of note that an Apple USB keyboard works, but doesn't work
> when plugged in at the same time as the PS/2 keyboard. The problem can be
> replicated with kernels 2.4.26-k6 and 2.4.27-k6.

Thanks for your report.

I'll address the second part first; as far as I know, X is not designed to
handle multiple core keyboards.  They XFree86 "keyboard" driver in
particular is not designed for it.  It's my understanding that one of the
motivations behind the new "kbd" driver is to address that.

As for the first part, it would be useful to know some more information
about your system.  The following is a form letter that attempts to
patiently request this information.  :)

Also, please note that I only have convenient access to PowerMacs, so I am
not in a good position to troubleshoot this matter myself.  Perhaps one of
the people from debian-x can help.  There are many PC users there.  :)

[The following is a form letter.]

Dear bug submitter,

Since the XFree86 X server is a large and complex piece of software, some
more information is required of you before this bug can be handled.  Please
run the following commands from a shell prompt to gather and deliver this
information to us:

$ /usr/share/bug/xserver-xfree86 > /tmp/output 3>&1
$ mailx -s "Re: Bug#BUGNUMBER" BUGNUMBER@bugs.debian.org < /tmp/output

If you do not have a "mailx" command on your system, you can get it by
installing the "mailx" Debian package; for example, with the "aptitude
install mailx" or "apt-get install mailx" commands as root.  Alternatively,
you can also use a mail command that is compatible with mailx's
command-line syntax, such as "mutt".

One very good way to file bugs with the Debian Bug Tracking System is to
use the "reportbug" package and command of the same name.  The reportbug
program does a lot of automatic information-gathering that helps package
maintainers to understand your system configuration, and also ensures that
your message to the Debian Bug Tracking System is well-formed so that it is
processed correctly by the automated tools that manage the reports.  (If
you've ever gotten a "bounce" message from the Debian Bug Tracking System
that tells you your message couldn't be processed, you might appreciate
this latter feature.)

Therefore, I strongly urge you to give "reportbug" a try as your primary
bug reporting tool for the Debian System in the future.

If you *did* use reportbug to file your report, then you're receiving this
message because the information we expected to see was not present.

If you deliberately deleted this information from the report, please don't
do that in the future, even if it seems like it makes the mail too large.
50 kB (kilobytes) of configuration and log data is typical.  Only if the
included information greatly exceeds this amount (more than 100 kB) should
you consider omitting it; instead, put it up on the World Wide Web
somewhere and provide URLs to it in your report, or in subsequent followup
by mailing <BUGNUMBER@bugs.debian.org>.

Thank you!

G. Branden Robinson                |    A celibate clergy is an especially
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    good idea, because it tends to
branden@debian.org                 |    suppress any hereditary propensity
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    toward fanaticism.    -- Carl Sagan

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