Bug 2192 - /etc/X11/xinit/.Xmodmap should be Xmodmap and xmodmap backsapce
/etc/X11/xinit/.Xmodmap should be Xmodmap and xmodmap backsapce
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xinitrc (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-04-15 04:30 EDT by Marc MERLIN
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:36 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-06-17 10:52:35 EDT
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Description Marc MERLIN 1999-04-15 04:30:58 EDT
and the same goes for Xresources

Global configuration files never start with a dot, so just
like you have /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients, you should have
Xresources and Xresources (you don't ship those files, but
the xinitrc you ship insists on looking for .Xmodmap
and .Xresources. If you are worried about backward
compatibility, you could be looking for both.

Also, I fail to understand why since the very first versions
of RH, I've always had to create an Xmodmap, or stick
xmodmap -e "keycode  22 = BackSpace" somewhere in the
The problem is so obvious (shows up in vim, any other motif
application like netscape, but not bash), that I can't
believe that you're never seen it yourself. Is there a
reason why you're not fixing this?
Comment 1 Marc MERLIN 1999-06-07 02:12:59 EDT
Ok, I tried with a clean 6.0 install, and the backspace problem is
gone, but only if XkbDisable isn't defined in /etc/X11/XF86config
(which means that it may still be broken for people who upgrade).

While this is fine for American users, people who use high bit ASCII
often end up enabling XkbDisable in order to get accents in some
applications like motif applications
(see http://web.fdn.fr/~tquinot/dead-keys.fr.html for more info, try
babelfish because it's in French unfortunately. It would also be
awesome if you considered incorporating Thomas Quinot's to libX11 that
is described there).

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath, but if I don't ask, I have no chance
of seeing anything happening :-)
(please consider at least sticking that xmodmap -e "keycode  22 =
BackSpace" somewhere so that this problem goes away once and for all)
Comment 2 Preston Brown 1999-06-10 14:40:59 EDT
Marc: I'm on both of these problems, and they should be corrected in
an errata release which will follow shortly.
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-17 10:52:59 EDT
Fixed in errata XFree86-*-52 release.

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