Bug 473226 - (est_eth_keybrd_mixup) picking estonian (et-ee) keyboard layout at install gives you ethiopian keyboard at first login
picking estonian (et-ee) keyboard layout at install gives you ethiopian keybo...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-server (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Adam Jackson
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-11-27 03:16 EST by jako
Modified: 2009-12-18 01:58 EST (History)
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/etc/sysconfig/keyboard (80 bytes, text/plain)
2008-12-13 05:49 EST, Fred New
no flags Details
/etc/sysconfig/i18n (47 bytes, text/plain)
2008-12-13 05:50 EST, Fred New
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Description jako 2008-11-27 03:16:29 EST
Description of problem: Linux newbies in estonia are returned to windows devotees because picking estonian keyboard at install time the system denies users access because of the characters typed in the gdm login screen are ethiopian and thus do not match the password created whilst installed. Even the keyboard layout chooser does not help much.

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How reproducible:
install Core 10 and specify estonian keyboard during the install process. You will hit the bug during the first login with 100% certainty.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select estonian keyboard during the install
2. observe the ethiopian keyboard layout presented during the first login
Actual results:
the system has switched from estonian keyboard layout to ethiopian.

Expected results:
no keyboard layout switching should occur.

Additional info:
it has probably something to do with mixup concerning keyboard layout abbreviations and TLD extensions with .et being ethiopian top level domain
Comment 1 Fred New 2008-12-05 15:50:58 EST
I can confirm this behavior as being "always" reproducible.  The symptoms point to gdm, not anaconda, since firstboot accepts the name and password for the non-root user correctly.

Regarding this bug's priority: Selecting the Estonian keyboard before entering the password is an easy work-around, but it might be confusing to novices.
Comment 2 Fred New 2008-12-11 00:03:13 EST
Is there a file I can change the keyboard setting in?  Because of bug 442533, my login screen is black - I am unable to see what I am doing during login and I am unable to correct my keyboard setting.  I would like to be able to login blind, so I can do further testing for bug 442533.
Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-12-12 16:16:17 EST
sounds like an anaconda issue.  If selecting estonian works, then gdm is getting it right.

Can you attach 


Comment 4 Fred New 2008-12-13 05:49:26 EST
Created attachment 326810 [details]
Comment 5 Fred New 2008-12-13 05:50:45 EST
Created attachment 326811 [details]
Comment 6 Chris Lumens 2008-12-16 10:24:57 EST
Ray - does gdm look at the KEYTABLE= setting in /etc/sysconfig/keyboard?
Comment 7 Chris Lumens 2008-12-16 11:25:49 EST
Oh, Jeremy explained that he made some changes to rhpl that should fix this, though there's some confusion as to what release they ended up in.  Reassigning to him as a reminder.
Comment 8 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-12-16 11:39:59 EST
No, it gets its layout information from libxklavier which gets it from xkeyboard-config

I believe that we just use the X default config if the user hasn't picked anything different.

It looks like X uses /usr/bin/fedora-setup-keyboard to pull from /etc/sysconfig/keyboard 

Maybe it should be doing

eval `rhplquery $LAYOUT`

instead of

eval `rhplquery $KEYTABLE`

Comment 9 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-12-16 11:40:42 EST
(I wrote comment 8 before reading comment 7)
Comment 10 Jeremy Katz 2008-12-16 12:52:01 EST
fedora-setup-keyboard is in the X package.  --> ajax
Comment 11 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-12-16 17:07:20 EST
*** Bug 476615 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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