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Bug#22506: marked as done (xspecs: docs for how xkbcomp really works (esp. regarding rules files) wanted)

Your message dated Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:20:15 +0100
with message-id <20110114222015.GA31121@debian.org>
and subject line Re: Bug#56179: xspecs: XKB source format is poorly (or non-) documented
has caused the Debian Bug report #56179,
regarding xspecs: docs for how xkbcomp really works (esp. regarding rules files) wanted
to be marked as done.

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Package: xserver-svga
Severity: important
[Motivation: this part of keyboard handling is part of policy and the 2.0
release goals]

[Note: I'm not too sure of this - please be aware of potential thinkos and
misunderstandings in this report.]

According to the policy manual (v., the "<--" key should generate
KB_Backspace in X. However, with the X packages, it actually
generates KB_Delete (as checked with "xev").

As a workaround, I followed the instructions in /usr/doc/rxvt/FAQ.gz:
:    Q:  Why doesn't the Backspace key work on my Linux machine?
:    A:  The XFree86 server has a notorious problem of mapping the Backspace
:        key as Delete in order to match the Linux console.
:        The correct way to fix this:
:          0 - Complain to your Linux distributer and the XFree86 team, maybe
:              they'll fix it.
:          1 - Use xmodmap to correct the Backspace mapping
:                ! ~/.Xmodmap
:                ! a correctly-mapped BackSpace
:                keycode 22 = BackSpace
:                *** Make sure the keycode above matches the physical
:                    Backspace key on your machine!! (use xev) ***

I consider this a workaround only, as this is possibly dependent on the
particular keyboard used (and perhaps interacts with XKB too). I agree with
the rxvt FAQ that the proper place to fix this is the xserver.


-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.0 (frozen)
Kernel Version: Linux penguin.wi.leidenuniv.nl 2.0.33 #4 Wed Dec 17 09:23:33 CET 1997 i586 unknown

Versions of the packages xserver-svga depends on:
ii  makedev         1.6-30         Creates special device files in /dev.
ii  libc6           2.0.7pre1-4    The GNU C library version 2 (run-time files)
ii  zlib1g          1.1.1-0.1      compression library - runtime
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Brice Goglin <Brice.Goglin@ens-lyon.org> (13/03/2007):
> Closing since XKB seems pretty well documented nowadays (more than
> 250 pages in XKBlib.ps.gz and XKBproto.ps.gz).

Let's point to:
  xorg-docs: /usr/share/doc/xorg-docs/input/XKB-Enhancing.{html,pdf,txt}


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