Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 448878
Keyboard layout is not the expected one at install
Last modified: 2008-06-09 16:51:01 EDT
Description of problem:
When installing F9 in English with a keyboard like Swiss French, the keymap at
install time is not the good one.
This means that you choose a root password with a bad keymap, and cannot login
as root after the installation has succeeded.
Version-Release number of selected component:
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install F9 from the DVD with english langage
2. Choose a Swiss French keymap
3. Set your root password and finish the install
4. Reboot and try to login as root.
Cannot login as root
Ability to login
Need to change the root password by rebooting with the "linux single" option
I was unable to reproduce this error with testing. The root password contained
letters that changed between QWERTY and fr_CA layouts, and worked on the first
try when logging in as root.
Are you sure you didn't make an unintended typo when either logging in as root
or when setting the password at the start?
I tried again with a freshly downloaded F-9 DVD.
- Set langage to English
- Set keymap to Swiss French (fr_CH)
At install stage, the keymap seems to be a *French* layout (FR_fr), which is
*very* different of the Swiss French one.
- The root password was set as if I used a French keyboard => no ability to log
in as root.
- The user password was also set with a French keyboard => no ability to log as
user. (here, when setting the Full name, we can often see that the keymap
Please try and reproduce this error with the same keymap (fr_CH) and not a fr_CA
Please also reconsider high severity for this bug : you'll lose a lot of Swiss
Apologies, I made a typo in my response. The layout I used was fr_CH, not fr_CA.
I tried again, this time setting root password as the entire lowercase alphabet
to ensure there would be something that would change between keyboard layouts,
since I'm unfamiliar with Swiss French and French keyboards.
I noticed when setting Hostname, the keyboard was still in a qwerty layout.
When I went to set the user name, the changes I noticed were that a on querty is
q on fr_CH and vice versa, z and w are switched, and qwerty 'm' = ',', qwerty
',' = ';', and querty ';' = 'm'.
This time, I was unable to login as root or as user, although I used the same
user password as I had the first time.
Also: When logging in as root, when typing "root" the keyboard is in a qwerty
layout and NOT in either french OR swiss french.
Do you happen to know the french and swiss french layouts? I'd like to look some
more into what is and isn't properly changed.
>Do you happen to know the french and swiss french layouts? I'd like to look some
>more into what is and isn't properly changed.
Is that what you mean ?
Yep, and it does indeed seem to be using the french keyboard and not swiss french.
This will be fixed in the next build of rhpl.