Bug 516650 - unable to login because can't switch keyboard layout to en
Summary: unable to login because can't switch keyboard layout to en
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 11
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: jmccann
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-08-10 21:44 UTC by Muayyad Alsadi
Modified: 2015-01-14 23:23 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
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Last Closed: 2010-06-28 14:04:21 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
a way to preserve keyboard options (1.36 KB, patch)
2009-08-11 10:32 UTC, Muayyad Alsadi
no flags Details | Diff
a way to preserve keyboard options (I forget a ;) (1.36 KB, patch)
2009-08-11 20:03 UTC, Muayyad Alsadi
no flags Details | Diff

Description Muayyad Alsadi 2009-08-10 21:44:17 UTC
Description of problem:
if someone chooses ar-qwerty while installing f11 he won't be able to type the password to login because the default layout is ara and gdm resets all options including grp (ie. group switching)

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

How reproducible:

Additional info:
a fedora patch called gdm-system-keyboard.patch is responsible for this because it reads layouts from hal (which us set by fedora-setup-keyboard)

we need to make it not just respect input.xkb.layout but also input.xkb.options

another note:
it talks to hal to just know the value of an environment variable
gdm_session_direct_set_environment_variable (session, "GDM_KEYBOARD_LAYOUT", get_layout_name (session));

so we need to introduce GDM_KEYBOARD_OPTIONS
and either set it by hal's input.xkb.options or by making gdm.in read it directly from /etc/sysconfig/keyboard

Comment 1 Muayyad Alsadi 2009-08-11 10:32:34 UTC
Created attachment 357014 [details]
a way to preserve keyboard options

GDM does not set any options, which makes it impossible to switch layout and type your password

this patch uses /etc/sysconfig/keyboard to tell GDM what options

Comment 2 Muayyad Alsadi 2009-08-11 20:03:08 UTC
Created attachment 357074 [details]
a way to preserve keyboard options (I forget a ;)

Comment 3 Christoph Wickert 2009-08-19 06:59:09 UTC
Setting priority to high because this is a serious problem for all people not using en_US layout. They no longer can login if their password includes Z or Y.

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