Bug 80425 - (xkb) Meta key not working after choosing a French Canadian Keyboard
Summary: (xkb) Meta key not working after choosing a French Canadian Keyboard
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86
Version: phoebe
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mike A. Harris
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Whiteboard: Waiting for bug to be reported upstre...
Depends On:
Blocks: 79578
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-26 03:31 UTC by Marc Deslauriers
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2003-02-01 14:45:59 UTC

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my XF86Config file (3.09 KB, text/plain)
2003-01-23 12:42 UTC, Marc Deslauriers
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Description Marc Deslauriers 2002-12-26 03:31:36 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20021218

Description of problem:
After installing Phoebe with a French Canadian keyboard, the right Alt "meta"
key does not work. As such, it is impossible to enter a bunch of different
characters, including "@".

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Phoebe 8.0.92

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install Phoebe with a French Canadian Keyboard
2.Try and type a "@" by holding the right Alt key and pressing the "2" key.

Actual Results:  Nothing happens.

Expected Results:  @

Additional info:

Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-12-27 04:10:29 UTC
I believe this is a dupe of bug #79564 but could you check it and confirm
for me please?  Does the Windows key work as Meta?

I assumed this would be fixed upstream by now, but it seems it hasn't.
If it is still a problem, I'll try to whip up a patch.

Comment 2 Marc Deslauriers 2002-12-27 13:30:36 UTC
It looks like the same problem. Unfortunately, I can't confirm as I don't have a
Windows key on both my desktop computer and my Thinkpad.

Using the Windows key as Meta is not acceptable, even if I did have one on my
keyboard. It would be akin to moving the enter key to the left of the keyboard...

Comment 3 Marc Deslauriers 2003-01-23 00:46:16 UTC
This bug is still present in Phoebe 8.0.93.
I've tried a keyboard with a legacy windows key and that doesn't work as a Meta
key either.

There are a couple of other keys that don't work either, for example, the
e-acute "é" that is supposed to be on the slash key.

If you need any help trying to find a cure for this, or if you have packages to
test, I'd be glad to help.

Comment 4 Marc Deslauriers 2003-01-23 02:34:07 UTC
I am sorry, it's not the e-acute that doesn't work, but the c-cedilla "ç".

Comment 5 Mike A. Harris 2003-01-23 09:16:41 UTC
Please attach your XFree86 config file here using bugzilla's file
attachment feature below.

Please report this problem directly to devel@xfree86.org so the xkb
maintainers are aware of the problem, and can insure hopefully that it
is resolved before XFree86 4.3.0 is released.

Comment 6 Marc Deslauriers 2003-01-23 12:42:15 UTC
Created attachment 89548 [details]
my XF86Config file

Comment 7 Marc Deslauriers 2003-01-24 13:02:03 UTC
I have received a mail from Ivan Pascal <pascal@info.tsu.ru> with a fix for this
issue. I tried the fix, and it works. Here is the mail:


> I am trying RedHat's latest beta which includes XFree and there
> is a bug in the xkb code. I cannot configure a proper French Canadian
> keyboard. When specifying "ca_enhanced" in the XF86Config file, some
> keys on the keyboard are not mapped properly.

  I should apologize I missed this layout in a new xkb rules file.
Thus what you got isn't a 'ca_enhanced' layout but a 'pre_XKB' keyboard map.

  The fix is very simple.
Find the rules file (/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/rules/xfree86 or
and add the layout name (ca_enhanced) to the end of string

! $oldlayouts = az bs ca fr_CH de_CH hu lt_std vn mn

 Ivan U. Pascal         |   e-mail: pascal@tsu.ru
   Administrator of     |   Tomsk State University
     University Network |       Tomsk, Russia

Comment 8 Mike A. Harris 2003-01-24 21:54:40 UTC
Added to build.

Please test when available, and close ase RAWHIDE if it works properly,
or change to ASSIGNED if not.

Comment 9 Marc Deslauriers 2003-02-01 14:45:59 UTC
Tested The problem is corrected.

Thank you very much Mike! IMO your work is under-appreciated. :)

Comment 10 Mike A. Harris 2003-02-01 18:35:17 UTC
Thanks for the feedback Marc.  Much appreciated.

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