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Bug 150646 - switching keyboard layout to English is not available
switching keyboard layout to English is not available
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: firstboot (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: Chris Lumens
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Reported: 2005-03-09 02:26 EST by Andrew Martynov
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2005-11-03 10:06:22 EST
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output of "ps ax" (3.12 KB, text/plain)
2005-05-04 07:54 EDT, Andrew Martynov
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/etc/rhgb/temp/XFree86.0.log (35.29 KB, text/plain)
2005-05-04 07:56 EDT, Andrew Martynov
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/etc/sysconfig/i18n (80 bytes, text/plain)
2005-05-04 07:56 EDT, Andrew Martynov
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/etc/sysconfig/keyboard (32 bytes, text/plain)
2005-05-04 07:57 EDT, Andrew Martynov
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/etc/X11/xorg.conf (2.82 KB, text/plain)
2005-05-04 07:59 EDT, Andrew Martynov
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Description Andrew Martynov 2005-03-09 02:26:32 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040616

Description of problem:
Is system is installed with Russian system language Setup Agent starts with Russian keyboard layout and does not allow switch to English.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RHEL 4 with Russian assystem language
2. Reboot into runlevel 5
3. Try to create user account with name in English 

Actual Results:  Keyboard layout can be switched between Russian and English 

Expected Results:  Keyboard layout cannot be switched from Russian to English 
using nor Shift+Shift or Ctrl_Shift or Alt+Shift

Additional info:
Comment 1 Leon Ho 2005-03-13 20:00:16 EST
Look like it is a rhpl issue. Reassigning.
Comment 2 Paul Nasrat 2005-03-14 01:16:51 EST
Hmm, can you attach /etc/sysconfig/i18n and /etc/sysconfig/keyboard.  Does the
toggle work in X after firstboot?
Comment 3 Andrew Martynov 2005-03-17 05:36:49 EST
After first boot switching in X works normally.

I reinstall RHEL 4 for two boxes and inside of VMWare.
For now I cannot reproduce the probles. I will tomorrow reinstall the mashine
where I have got the problem and will attach necessary files if problem occures
Comment 4 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:50:58 EDT
Sorry for long delay.

I investigate the problem and found a way how to reproduce the bug:
- Install RHEL4 ES on clean HDD in Russian locale
- Boot into system using default options:
   - rhgb enabled
   - default runlevel 5
- Try to switch from RU keyboard layout to US in Setup Agent,
  i.e. in user creation dialog.

My opinion: 
After first reboot rhgb starts, the boot text is displayed on graphic screen.
Setup Agent (firstboot) starts and try to reuse X server from rhgb.

Please look into attached log file from X server. You can find messages from XKB
extention and "ps ax" shown 5-10 frozen setxkbmap processes.

If rhgb is turned off via grub.conf or system booted into runlevel 3 and after
switched to runlevel 5 - the bug does not appears.
Comment 5 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:54:13 EDT
Created attachment 114001 [details]
output of "ps ax"

You can see frozzen processes setxkbmap when firstboot is running. This data
was taken via ssh connection to test box.
Comment 6 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:56:07 EDT
Created attachment 114002 [details]

Log file from X server started by rhgb. This X server will be reused by
firstboot later. You can see some error messages from XKB extension.
Comment 7 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:56:57 EDT
Created attachment 114003 [details]
Comment 8 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:57:39 EDT
Created attachment 114004 [details]
Comment 9 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-04 07:59:59 EDT
Created attachment 114005 [details]

This file contains correct description of keyboard layouts "us,ru", so keyboard
switching works well in standard X enviroment after Setup Agent finished and
GDM allows enter user name.
Comment 10 Andrew Martynov 2005-05-15 16:43:42 EDT
During testing of FC4-test3 this problem was reproduced.

If required I can attach necessary log and config files.
Comment 11 Chris Lumens 2005-11-03 10:06:22 EST
The dead setxkb processes are suspicious, but totally unrelated.  This has been
fixed in Rawhide and will be in the next version of RHEL.  If you require a fix
in  an update of RHEL4, please go through Issue Tracker.

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