Bug 460750 - fr_CH XLayout doesn't work
fr_CH XLayout doesn't work
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: control-center (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Reported: 2008-08-30 17:50 EDT by Patrick Guenther
Modified: 2009-07-14 10:04 EDT (History)
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xorg.conf (618 bytes, text/plain)
2008-10-25 04:39 EDT, Patrick Guenther
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setxkbmap -print > xkbmap.txt (246 bytes, text/plain)
2008-10-25 04:42 EDT, Patrick Guenther
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xkbcomp :0 - > xkbcomp.txt (36.75 KB, text/plain)
2008-10-25 04:45 EDT, Patrick Guenther
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Description Patrick Guenther 2008-08-30 17:50:31 EDT
Description of problem:

Alt Gr keys as well as as other keys don't work  on X when xorg.conf uses a XLayout fr_CH, which forbids access to symbols like @ or #.

This doesn't occur in console mode (init 3)

I tried following thing:

Creation of a keyboard map with xkeycaps (102 Key;XFree;Swiss French), loaded with xmodmap.

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

How reproducible:

Install Fedora 9 on VMWare 6 using a Swiss-French Keyboard. Language doesn't matter.

Additional info:

Hardware: Dell Precision M6300
Software: vmware 6
Lokks like https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=163718
Comment 1 Peter Hutterer 2008-10-22 23:43:37 EDT
Please attach your xorg.conf and your Xorg.log, and the output of "setxkbmap -print" and "xkbcomp :0 -".
Comment 2 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-25 04:39:07 EDT
Created attachment 321494 [details]
Comment 3 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-25 04:42:24 EDT
Created attachment 321495 [details]
setxkbmap -print > xkbmap.txt
Comment 4 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-25 04:45:28 EDT
Created attachment 321496 [details]
xkbcomp :0 - > xkbcomp.txt 

Please note that I am getting following warning:


Warning:          Could not load keyboard geometry for :0
                  BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)
                  Resulting keymap file will not describe geometry

Comment 5 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-25 04:48:42 EDT
About Xorg.log, the system hasn't created one

PS: The keyboard issue is also occuring on an other computer nativly Fedora Core 9
Comment 6 Peter Hutterer 2008-10-27 00:12:59 EDT
wait a minute, did you create the keymap yourself? or what exactly did you do to get that keymap? None of your keys have more than 2 shift levels, so even if ralt would map correctly (it doesn't) there wouldn't be anything to map to.

what's wrong with the swiss keyboard layout you can select from the gnome config tools? (or by running "setxkbmap -layout "ch(fr)" if gnome isn't an option.)
Comment 7 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-28 13:41:20 EDT
The keyboard layout is fr_CH in System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Keyboard and it's the only defined keyboard.

I just made another test as it seems that the keyboard layout may be in question:

As the swiss german keyboard has small difference and at least for @ (ATL-R 2) it's on the same place, I have tried to add it and had following message wen switching to it:

Error activating XKB configuration.

X server version data:
The X.Org foundaion

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/kdb

# xprop -root | grep XKB
_XKB_RULES_NAMES_BACKUP(STRING) = "xorg", "pc105", "fr_CH", "", ""
_XKB_RULES_NAMES(STRING) = "xorg", "pc105", "fr_CH", "", ""


# gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kdb

returns nothing

I hope this helps and thanks for your help
Comment 8 Peter Hutterer 2008-10-28 21:11:46 EDT
i'm still confused here. you mentioned xkeycaps in the first comment, are you still using it?

please remove your .xmodmap file (the one generated by xkeycaps) and restart the X server. Then select Switzerland, Variant French in the gnome tool. Does this provide the correct keyboard mapping?
If not, please provide the versions of xkeyboard-config, xorg-x11-server and xorg-x11-drv-evdev.
Comment 9 Patrick Guenther 2008-10-29 16:49:21 EDT
I was confuded to:
- I removed the .xmodmap files, restarted X server: no change
- Finally I removed the fr_CH keybord and used the Switzerland French one 
  using the Gnome configuration: Everything OK
I did already 3 installations and always run into this problem with the
Gnome Swiss french keyboard.

Conclusion: This is not keyboard issue, but an installer problem.

To get the fine word, I made a new installation. Find the install log bellow

Fedora Core 9 x86_64 DVD

01. Install or upgrade an existing system
02. Language -> English (English)
03. Keyboard -> Swiss French
  ... defaults ...
04. Packages
    Office and Productivity (Not selected)
    Software Development (Not selected)
    Web Server (Not selected)

  Customize later

05. Reboot
    First boot
06. Create User
    - THE KEYBOARD IS FRENCH ( A in state of Q, shift to have numbers)
07. Login Screen
08. In System -> Hardware -> Keyboard
    Layouts -> fr_CH   
09. Add the Switzerland French keyboard
10. Removed fr_CH keyboard

Everything ok.

Looks like an installer problem.
Thanks for the help. It solved my problem. Shall I open a new bug ?
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