Bug#442316: Layout from console-data?
On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 16:07:40 +0000, Rob Andrews wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was taking a look at the Ubuntu way of doing things. hal has a policy
> script that reads the keymap and options set by the console-setup package. I
> thought it was quite a neat way of doing things.
That's pretty much what we'll be doing as well.
> Whilst Debian does have the console-setup package, my guess is that many
> users probably stick to the default console-tools package installed as part
> of the base.
We'll just depend on console-setup so that shouldn't be a problem.
> Would it be acceptable for a hal helper to read the selected values from the
> debconf values for console-data?
No, I don't think that would be an acceptable solution.
> Right now, the easiest way I see (and the
> least documented) is to put the keyboard configuration into
> /etc/hal/fdi/policy/preferences.fdi, i.e.:
> <!-- gb keyboard layout -->
> <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys">
> <merge key="input.xkb.rules" type="string">base</merge>
> <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">keyboard</merge>
> <match key="/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/computer:system.kernel.name" string="Linux">
> <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">evdev</merge>
> <merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">gb</merge>
> <merge key="input.xkb.variant" type="string" />
> Surely an automatic configuration would be preferred? Would such a helper be
> of any use?
Yeah, that sucks. A proper solution will be implemented before the
upload to unstable, we're working on it.