Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 458028
Keyboard layout selection not possible
Last modified: 2008-10-31 07:48:42 EDT
Description of problem:
Fedora 10 Alpha keyboard layout selection on login screen greyed out. Also under 'Preferences' in Gnome, Keyboard layout window freezes and cannot select UK or any other keyboard.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Latest Fedora 10 Alpha ISO downloaded and installed on the 5th August 2008 (from Chemnitz mirror).
Tried to select keyboard several times, including after reboot. Language selection on login screen does work.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Tried keyboard selection at login screen and via preferences.
2. Repeated step above.
3. Repeated steps 1 and 2 both as user and root, and also after reboot.
Unable to select UK keyboard.
Expected to be able to select keyboard.
You can still change the keyboard from the system-config-keyboard applet, but it has been removed from the Gnome System->Administration menu since F9 (Why?) so must be launched from a terminal. It is still buggy however since it throws a selinux error when the keyboard is changed:
SELinux is preventing loadkeys (loadkeys_t) "read" to ./fedora (user_home_dir_t).
Fixing the (greyed out) keyboard selector on the Login screen will fix all these issues
please paste the full message from setroubleshoot?
Created attachment 316315 [details]
Unfortunately, from my point of view, there is neither a set troubleshoot message nor anything in the system log when this happens. The best I can provide is this screenshot of what happens when I go to add a keyboard layout via the preferences in Gnome.
Are you still seeing this problem after updating to latest packages in rawhide?
I've only just recently downloaded the updated package:
but haven't had a chance to test it yet. Before I do, does it need any dependencies, and, if so, please could you tell me what I need to go with it so that I can download them also. I'll test the update/s over the weekend.
Just tried the package system-config-keyboard-1.2.15-3.fc10.noarch.rpm which was dated 16th September 2008 on the Red Hat development server, and it didn't work, but I noticed that it was the same package that came on the F10 Alpha disk. I'm not sure why this is, but I'm guessing it is to do with the Fedora servers being breached recently, and packages being renewed and redistributed with updated keys?
I downloaded the system-config-keyboard-1.2.15-3.fc10.noarch.rpm package, dated 16th September from:
Please could you advise me where I can find the updated system-config-keyboard package.
Please try the keyboard selection on the login screen again with the current rawhide packages. It should work now.
Also, your problems seem entirely unrelated to system-config-keyboard
Fedora 10 Beta LiveCD (Gnome)
Keyboard selector on gdm login screen does not work for UK Keyboard (Haven't tested others)
I selected UK Keyboard, logged in, pressed shift 2 and got '#' rather than '£'.
But it's even worse now (!), since launching system-config-keyboard to make the change causes the cursor keys to stop working (!!) (it does change the rest of the keyboard to UK).
The only work-around involves enabling a persistence layer on a live usb, running system-config-keyboard and rebooting, upon rebooting the uk keyboard is properly working.
The keyboard selector in Fedora 10 beta login screen is not working.
system-config-keyboard has a new bug which cause cursor keys to stop working.
^^^ that should have said "shift 3" not "shift 2"
Please try the keyboard selection on the login screen again with the current
rawhide packages. It should work now.
I'd need to rebuild the LivecD from the kickstart file wouldn't I?
Is there an easier way to test this on the F10 beta LiveCD (perhaps one or two package installs via yum, then I could test it by enabling a persistence overlay and rebooting)
Just tried to install F10 Beta via the latest DVD, but it posted an anaconda bug with an output, which could not be copied to any disk, unfortunately, and consequently failed to install F10 onto the hard disk. It also corrupted the CMOS, which needed to be cleared and re-set. I'll have to wait for the final release of F10 before testing the keyboard selection again.
We release weekly snapshots after Beta, leading up to a Preview Release a couple weeks before final. Surely you could test one of those?
Yes, I could. Please could you tell me where the snapshots are located, as I'm not sure exactly where they are. I presume they are complete DVD images? Thank you.
(In reply to comment #15)
> Yes, I could. Please could you tell me where the snapshots are located, as I'm
> not sure exactly where they are. I presume they are complete DVD images?
> Thank you.
Created attachment 320852 [details]
UK keyboard selection
Managed to get a copy of the F10 Snap 1 Live CD (i686) dated 10/10/2008, and the keyboard selection on the login screen works for selecting the UK keyboard.
This only functions as far as the login screen, though (it is probably designed this way?). When logged in, the keyboard layout needs selecting again through preferences, hardware, keyboard. All the windows function now, and the UK keyboard can be selected. There wasn't a DVD snapshot available when I visited http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/ previously, but I've just seen snapshot 2 with a DVD option, which I'll test from a full install.
However, for now, the live (Gnome) version works for keyboard selection for the UK option.
I also enclose the system log, for information, which relates to the time of this keyboard selection test.
(In reply to comment #17)
> This only functions as far as the login screen, though (it is probably designed
> this way?). When logged in, the keyboard layout needs selecting again through
> preferences, hardware, keyboard.
I believe this is fixed in gdm in current rawhide and snapshot 2 (bug 466429).
Yes, should be fixed.
Please reopen if it still doesn't work for you.
Created attachment 321252 [details]
Keyboard selection now works
Tested F10 Snapshot 2 DVD (17/10/2008) on a full installation, and the keyboard selection on the login screen now works for UK selection as a user, and remains selected as the UK layout when logged into the user account.
Anaconda is still fragile, though, as it threw up a message similar to last time, but, unlike last time, I was able to install Snaphot 2 via the DVD after the second attempt. I couldn't save the anaconda output to disk, but transcribed the first few lines in case they're any help:
Anaconda 126.96.36.199 exception report. Traceback (most recent call first): File”/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/netconfigdialog.py”, line67, in_netdev Changed val= combo.get_model(). Getvalue (active) Type error iter must be a GtkTreelter
The login screen also has a problem in that it doesn't recognize an attempt to login as root (other), so I couldn't test the keyboard selection as a root user. I enclose the system log after first installation of snapshot 2 (DVD) for information.
The anaconda exception needs filed as a separate bug.
gdm no longer allows root logins; this is intentional.
Good to see that keyboard selection works - closing.
Thank you, anaconda bug reported separately (469339).