Bug 22760 - [GUI] Changing keyboard configuration doesn't work
[GUI] Changing keyboard configuration doesn't work
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-12-22 18:45 EST by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-07-18 06:28:48 EDT
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Description Enrico Scholz 2000-12-22 18:45:51 EST
Changing the keyboard configuration (language/dead keys) fails with 'Error
loading new keyboard description' (shown on the console).
Comment 1 Brent Fox 2000-12-24 12:27:40 EST
What language and keyboard layout did you select?
Comment 2 Enrico Scholz 2000-12-26 07:05:22 EST
I tried this:

1. Selecting "German" as language (screen 1), pressing 'Next' (all with mouse)
(2. Pressing 'y' - Key on German keyboard ('z' on English one) in the testfield:
3. "Deadkeys deaktivieren" (deactivating deadkeys in 3rd field of screen 2)
(4. Pressing 'y' - Key on German keyboard ('z' on English one) in the testfield:
5. Choosing "U.S. English w/ deadkeys" (2nd field)
(6. Pressing 'y' - Key on German keyboard ('z' on English one) in the testfield:
'y' !!!)

7. Further changes of keyboard will fail
Comment 3 Brent Fox 2001-01-03 17:40:45 EST
The installer calls a program called setxkbmap to set the keymap for the
currently running X session.  The problem is that there's a pretty significant
bug in setxkbmap.  If you call setxkbmap with the "-variant nodeadkeys" option
(which the installer does when you select any keyboard with the nodeadkeys
option enabled) then subsequent attempts to use a keymap such as "us" fail. 
However, changing to some keymaps such as fr (French) seem to work.  
Comment 4 Brent Fox 2001-01-03 17:41:50 EST
Changing component to XFree86.
Comment 5 Glen Foster 2001-01-11 16:04:32 EST
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Florence Gold release
Comment 6 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-13 11:43:45 EST
Are people still having a problem with this in the 4.0.2-11.4.0 release?
Comment 7 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-18 23:04:22 EST
*** Bug 28277 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-19 13:37:04 EST
Bug #28277 has been unmarked as a dupe because it is a public bug and
the poster of it cannot read this private bug report, so instead I made
it dependant on this bug.  Never did that before, hope I understand the
field correctly.
Comment 9 Mike A. Harris 2001-05-12 09:15:32 EDT
Fixed in rawhide anaconda.  Problem was misuse of setxkbmap in installer.
Comment 10 Enrico Scholz 2001-07-17 17:45:57 EDT
Seen in Fairfax beta1 again...
Comment 11 Mike A. Harris 2001-07-18 06:28:44 EDT
This is not an XFree86 problem.  setxkbmap only does what it is told to do.

Has this code regressed?
Comment 12 Jeremy Katz 2001-07-22 02:01:20 EDT
Code got lost in merging a branch.  I've re-integrated the fix into CVS HEAD. 
Please reopen if this remains a problem in Fairfax beta3

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