Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 479568
No way to set correct keyboard geometry for the launched Xserver
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:22:23 EST
Description of problem:
GDM uses per-user language settings to choose keyboard geometry.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Just a real example
1. Get Sony Vaio PCG-6Q1M (German keyboard).
2. Try to make the keyboard work correctly:
either via xorg.conf (Xkb* options in Section "InputDevice"),
or gnome keyboard switcher applet.
GDM ingores its own /etc/gdm/custom.conf (so no way to select ServerLayout),
and passes to Xserver command line options that make the latter ignore InputDevice section of xorg.conf and use rather strange Xkb* options
that do not match the real keyboard geometry and layout,
leading to a twisted keyboard layout...
There should exist a way to disable that idiotic ~gdm/.../%gconf.xml bullshit
and use normal custom.conf to configure hardware-related parameters of gdm.
That dynamic xml stuff should come after initial configuration via custom.conf.
At last (after a week of monkeying with this micro$oftish stuff)
I've derived that using ``German'' language menu choice prior to
actual user login does set (almost) correct keyboard geometry
and gives quite usable keyboard.
But what the hell a per user language settings do with the keyboard geometry?
Keyboard geometry is a hardware related parameter and is fixed for the given machine (as notebooks have builtin keyboards).
BTW there is no ``Sony Vaio'' geometry in gnome keyboard configurations set.
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