Bug 365711 - XKB: using evdev as driver with de layout, 'less' ('<') key is not working
XKB: using evdev as driver with de layout, 'less' ('<') key is not working
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-xkbdata (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Kristian Høgsberg
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Reported: 2007-11-04 05:23 EST by Harald
Modified: 2018-04-11 15:00 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: F9
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Last Closed: 2008-05-26 12:53:44 EDT
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complete xorg.conf (5.53 KB, text/plain)
2007-11-08 15:09 EST, Harald
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Xorg Log (43.50 KB, text/plain)
2007-11-08 15:14 EST, Harald
no flags Details

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Description Harald 2007-11-04 05:23:21 EST
Description of problem:
When using the evdev driver and of course the evdev keyboard model there is one
important key no longer available in german layout, which provides symbols for
redirecting output on the terminal ('<', '>', '|').

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

How reproducible:
just activate evdev driver, keyboard model evdev and layout de. Then try to use
the key right of the left shift key and left of 'Y' (on QWERTZ keyboard, or 'Z'

Steps to Reproduce:
1. change /etc/X11/xorg.conf in section InputDevice to something like:

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard1"
	Driver      "evdev"
	Option	    "XkbRules" "xorg"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "evdev"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "de"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/event1"
2. activate the keyboard in server layout
3. restart X
4. try to enter something that contains '<' '>' or '|'
Actual results:
The key does not produce any input, when using xev it tells that the scancode is
94 with no symbol assigned.

Expected results:
The key should work as in other de layouts, i.e. when using this configuration:

        Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "de"

when pressing the key alone it should create '<', with shift '>' and with the
right ALT key (AltGr) it should create '|'.

Additional info:

I was able to fix this with applying the following changes:

in /usr/share/X11/xkb/keycodes/evdev i added the following line:

<LESS> = 94;

in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/de i added this line:

key <LESS>  { [      less,    greater,           bar,   brokenbar ] };

I am not aware of side effects, but it is my first change on any xkb config, so
i might have missed something.
Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2007-11-07 05:52:11 EST
Actually, it might be good to see your *complete* /etc/X11/xorg.conf and
especially your /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Could we get them as uncompressed separate
attachments of this bug?

Thank you.
Comment 2 Harald 2007-11-08 15:09:13 EST
Created attachment 252071 [details]
complete xorg.conf
Comment 3 Harald 2007-11-08 15:14:52 EST
Created attachment 252081 [details]
Xorg Log

The X-Server gets started for layout Singleheadlayout.
Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 10:59:11 EDT
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Comment 5 Harald 2008-05-26 12:35:26 EDT
I updated my system to Fedora 9 and this bug seems to be resolved there. I took
the files as delivered by the installation image and the keyboard is working as

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