Bug#234113: Same problem here, found workaround
Followup-For: Bug #234113
I have had, for quite a while now, had the same problems; using KDE
keyboard-switching applet, I could never switch from layout 'us' to 'us_intl'.
Also manually running setxkbmap never worked; always the error
'Error loading new keyboard description' would be returned. As it had worked
before I thought it to be a temporary incompatibility between kxkb and XFree86.
As the problem persisted, I thought I'd look up what bugs were filed on it and
found this ole bug on the issue. Thanks to Dennis' last reply to this bug I was
able to find a solution/workaround.
> Your /etc/X11/xkb/rules/xfree86 should contain the line
> ! $oldlayouts = az bs ca ca_enhanced de_CH fr_CH hu hu_qwerty lt_std mn vn
> which tells XKB to load symbols/fr_CH and not symbols/pc/fr_CH.
So I added 'us_intl' to that line, and lo and behold: 'setxkbmap us_intl' now
as it should.
I have no idea if that is the correct fix for this problem or a horrible
workaround I shouldn't be using; but I can now use latin-1 characters easily
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.9-1-686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Versions of packages xlibs depends on:
ii libice6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii libsm6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System Session Management
ii libx11-6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System protocol client li
ii libxext6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii libxft1 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii libxi6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System Input extension li
ii libxmu6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System miscellaneous util
ii libxmuu1 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 lightweight X Window System miscel
ii libxp6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System printing extension
ii libxpm4 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X pixmap library
ii libxrandr2 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System Resize, Rotate and
ii libxt6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Toolkit Intrinsics
ii libxtrap6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System protocol-trapping
ii libxtst6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System event recording an
ii xlibs-data 4.3.0.dfsg.1-8 X Window System client data
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