Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 55226
estonian keymap does not load
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:37:49 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Description of problem:
keymap et or keymap et-nodeadkeys does not load. loadkeys et at bash
prompt does gives following error...
unknown keysym `currency'
/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/et.kmap.gz:5: parse error
syntax error in map file
key bindings not changed
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Just choose et in kbdconfig and try to load it
with /etc/rc.d/init.d/keymap start or simply loadkeys et
It has never loaded correctly on whatever RedHat Linux version.
Use 'fi' keyboard settings instead and forget 'u'.
WORKAROUND: I have been using Ville Hallik's "ee-dump.kmap" for quite a while.
It has all the Estonian characters that I ever use, except caron-s and caron-z,
and these two exceptions may be a problem with the console font. (You can even
get ^ using <Alt Gr>+D.)
How to download and use this file:
1. Download http://linux.ee/~ville/ee-keymaps/ee-keymaps-1.2.tar.gz.
2. tar xvzf ee-keymaps-1.2.tar.gz
3. gzip -9 ee-keymaps-1.2/linux-console/ee-dump.kmap
4. (as SuperUser)
cp ee-keymaps-1.2/linux-console/ee-dump.kmap.gz /lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty
5. setup -> Keyboard configuration
Additional information in Estonian is available at
I see that Bugzilla doesn't accept non-ascii characters. My comment about
being able to type ^ got transformed - the "D" should be a-umlaut:
you can get ^ by using <Alt Gr>+<a-umlaut>.
I found that loadkeys is choking on the string "currency" in the euro include
If you gunzip this file, edit it to change "currency" to "0xa4" and gzip it, you
should be able to loadkeys et.kmap. That is, setup -> Keyboard configuration
and select "et". (If you want to use the cent character, you can also uncomment
the cent line in euro.inc.)
In order to view the s-caron (sh), z-caron (zh) and euro characters, on
character consoles, you should edit /etc/sysconfig/i18n and change SYSFONTACM to
iso15. I noticed that this is configured correctly as a result of selecting an
Estonian keyboard (or adding Estonian language) during Skipjack beta-2 installation.
I'm still working on how to view these characters from the Gnome desktop, but
this is no longer a console-tools problem.
estonian is currently not supported on utf-8 console on current distros.