Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 79488
XKeysymDB is included in XFree86.rpm whereas it should be in XFree86-libs.rpm
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:52 EST
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Description of problem:
Oracle's 184.108.40.206i Java-based runInstaller gives a lot of Warnings like:
Warning: translation table syntax error: Unknown keysym name: osfUp
Warning: ... found while parsing ':<Key>osfUp:
Warning: String to AcceleratorTable conversion encountered errors
Warning: translation table syntax error: Unknown keysym name: osfActivate
Warning: ... found while parsing ':<Key>osfActivate:
Warning: String to TranslationTable conversion encountered errors
because the file /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XKeysymDB is missing.
It is not necessary for the Oracle installer and server to have XFree86.rpm,
only XFree86-libs.rpm. From a security point of view, one does not want to
have unnecessary (and like X potentially dangerous) packages installed on a
(2.1 Advanced) Server.
All errors mentioned above disappear if XKeysymDB is put in place.
As this file is in '.../lib/X11', from a logical point of view it should be in
XFree86-libs.rpm, not XFree86.rpm and would thus enable servers to have a
minimalist X installation (namely, just the libs).
Imho the file should be migrated, therefore, from the XFree86 to the
XFree86-libs package. This will not break installations, because XFree86 has a
dependency on XFree86-libs.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
The workaround is simply to install XFree86 (in addition to XFree86-libs),
secure the file /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XKeysymDB, then remove the XFree86 package
again (directory /usr/X11R6/lib/X11, and some other files therein, comes from
This enhancement request has already been implemented in XFree86 packaging
in rawhide, and will be present in the next releases of both Red Hat Linux,
as well as Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. The files are now in a new
subpackage "XFree86-libs-data" in rawhide.
There are a few other similar files that were moved also.
Without promising anything concrete, I will consider this enhancement
request for future X erratum for AS 2.1. It is probably a fairly safe
change to make, so chances are good I'll make it sometime though.
I have made this enhancement now also to XFree86 4.1.0-43 package by
moving the files (XErrorDB, XKeysymDB, rgb.txt) from XFree86 to XFree86-libs
subpackage. I will make a similar change in the XFree86 4.2.1 packaging as
well for consistency.
This will appear in any future erratum at some point, however it is not
released currently, so I'm closing this as RAWHIDE rather than ERRATA for
now. Rest assured the change will be in the next erratum nonetheless.
Reopening to close as ERRATA, as this change is present in the current
errata for AS2.1, and will be in RHL 7.* and 8.0 errata soon as well.