Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 16009
ALT key broken
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:57 EDT
The Icelandic keymap has a few important characters that need the ALT
the @ is a fine example of that.
To get the @ symbol, we press ALT-GR and Q (Some keymaps also accept ALT-GR
Now it's like the alt key has no effect. This was OK in beta5 so what
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Winston Gold-release
Very very little. Can you confirm that the XFree86 config
file is correct?
Uh ? It4s just as anaconda created it. Which sections in XF86Config are you interested in ?
PS: even the pipe character need's the ALT key (|) :(
What does it have in the Keyboard section (for XFree3) or
InputDevice section (for XFree4)?
Ok. Details are as follows (Sorry for not posting them immediatly.)
My box has a built in Matrox G200 that Im not using. It also has a PCI Voodoo3
3000. The installation went like a charm (whithout any hitches.)
in section keyboard in /etc/X11/XF86Config (comments removed):
AutoRepeat 500 5
XkbLayout "is" XkbVariant "None"
in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (comments also removed)
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
Option "XkbLayout" "is"
Option "XkbVariant" "None"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
The only wierd thing IMHO is that I think it should be pc101 XkbModel.
If you change it to pc101, does it work?
(Sorry, we don't have any icelandic keyboards here
to test with. ;) )
No it had no effect. Why do you need an Icelandic keyboard to test with ? The
only difference between it and your standard US keyboard is whats printed on the
You can go into your XF86Config file, change "XkbLayout" to be "is" (not "us")
pressing alt-gr (The alt key on the right of the space bar) and Q. If you get
an @, the problem is fixed. If not, we still have a problem.
If you want to see how it (the Icelandic keymap) works, switch to the console
"loadkeys is-latin1" and then press alt-q (The pipe char should be on ALT and
the key on the left side of the Z key)
I got the keymap file from a RedHat 6.1 (Cartman) system and placed it into
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/symbols (filename "is") and restarted X. No luck.
It's actually remarkable how hard life get's without the @ and | symbols :-)
(I had to search quite a bit for the | char in exsisting scripts to be able to
cut'n'paste it into this :-)
Trond, please investigate
XFree3 or XFree4 server (not that it should matter, but it might.)
Remove the 'Option "XkbVariant" "none"' and it should work.
(alternatively, change "none" to "".)
This just got fixed in anaconda five minutes ago. :)
This works with Norwegian dead-keys layout as well.
*** Bug 15045 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***