Bug 226731 - "Error activating XKB configuration" logging in from X-Terminal via GDM
Summary: "Error activating XKB configuration" logging in from X-Terminal via GDM
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-drv-keyboard
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-01 09:38 UTC by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2018-04-11 18:44 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-01-09 07:03:52 UTC
Type: ---

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Contents of the error popup (39.84 KB, image/png)
2007-02-01 09:38 UTC, Joachim Backes
no flags Details
Popup window: Error activating XKB configuration. (24.14 KB, image/jpeg)
2008-03-25 06:31 UTC, Joachim Backes
no flags Details
Network trace of setxkbmap -v which fails (11.84 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-04-09 16:58 UTC, Philip Pokorny
no flags Details

Description Joachim Backes 2007-02-01 09:38:42 UTC
Description of problem:
I'm working on an IGEL X-Terminal and logging in to FC6. After i'm logged in
successfully, some error msg appears on the desktop saying: Error activating XKB

The whole msg is attached as png file.

Doing the desired actions:

gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kb
layouts = [de  nodeadkeys]
 model = pc102
 overrideSettings = false
 options = []

xprop -root | grep XKB
_XKB_RULES_NAMES_BACKUP(STRING) = "xfree86", "pc104", "de", "nodeadkeys", ""
_XKB_RULES_NAMES(STRING) = "xfree86", "pc104", "de", "nodeadkeys", ""
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Login by gdm via IGEL terminal
Actual results:
Error msg

Expected results:
noo error msg

Additional info:

Comment 1 Joachim Backes 2007-02-01 09:38:42 UTC
Created attachment 147081 [details]
Contents of the error popup

Comment 2 Matěj Cepl 2008-03-03 21:32:03 UTC
Reporter, is this still actual issue with the latest upgrades of a supported
distribution (Fedora 7, Fedora 8, or Rawhide)?

Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-03-18 18:41:06 UTC

We no longer support Fedora Core 6 and I am currently trying to get my open bug
count down to a more manageable state.  I'm going to close this bug as WONTFIX.
 If this issue is still a concern for you, would you mind trying to reproduce on
a supported version of Fedora and reopening?

(this is a mass message)

Comment 4 Joachim Backes 2008-03-25 06:31:12 UTC
Created attachment 298977 [details]
Popup window: Error activating XKB configuration.

Popup window: Error activating XKB configuration.

Comment 5 Joachim Backes 2008-03-25 06:32:18 UTC
The problem still persists in F8. See the attached jpeg.

Comment 6 Philip Pokorny 2008-03-31 23:44:37 UTC
This also happens when using Red Hat 5 as an X terminal accessing a Red Hat 4
system.  I have "1=Terminal -query redhat4" in the Red Hat 5
/etc/gdm/custom.conf file.

In that case, the dialog text is:

Error activating XKB configuration.
Probably internal X server problem.

X server version data:
The X.Org Foundation

If you report this situation as a bug, please include:
- The result of xprop -root | grep XKB
- The result of gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/xkb

And the requested info is:

$ xprop -root | grep XKB
_XKB_RULES_NAMES_BACKUP(STRING) = "xorg", "pc105", "us", "", ""
_XKB_RULES_NAMES(STRING) = "xorg", "pc105", "us", "", ""
$ gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/xkb
 layouts = [us]
 model = pc105
 overrideSettings = false
 options = []
 update_handlers = []

Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 06:03:19 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
on. We appreciate the time you took to report this issue and want to
make sure no important bugs slip through the cracks.

If you're currently running a version of Fedora Core between 1 and 6,
please note that Fedora no longer maintains these releases. We strongly
encourage you to upgrade to a current Fedora release. In order to
refocus our efforts as a project we are flagging all of the open bugs
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Comment 8 Philip Pokorny 2008-04-09 16:38:29 UTC
Changing version to F8 based on comment #5.

Comment 9 Philip Pokorny 2008-04-09 16:58:27 UTC
Created attachment 301850 [details]
Network trace of setxkbmap -v which fails

Perhaps this network trace will help.  It is a capture of "setxkbmap -v" which
fails with:

$ setxkbmap -v
Trying to build keymap using the following components:
keycodes:   xfree86+aliases(qwerty)
types:	    complete
compat:     complete
symbols:    pc/pc(pc105)+pc/us
geometry:   pc(pc105)
Error loading new keyboard description

It's strange that the text includes "xfree86" when both the server and client
are Xorg X servers...

Wireshark doesn't decode the XKEYBOARD protocol, so it's not clear why the
request failed, but it's interesting that the reply clearly doesn't follow the
standard X11 reply format with errorcode, error_sequencenumber, minor- or
major-opcode fields.

Here's some interesting information about remote X sessions and keyboard:

Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 07:10:06 UTC
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Comment 11 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 07:03:52 UTC
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further 
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