Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84802
Double-quotes keyboard entry unavailable in some apps
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:29 EDT
Description of problem:
Using the "us_intl" keyboard layout on a standard QWERTY-keyboard, the quite
essential composed space & double-quotes keyboard entry cannot be entered in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Always, in specific apps (e.g. Mozilla, Quanta)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Mozilla or Quanta, select an input-enabled widget
2. press the [SHIFT] and [' / "] key
3. press [SPACE]
The app should be fed a double-quote (")
- Specific to certain apps (e.g. Mozilla, Quanta) ;
- other apps (GEdit, vi, console vt) work fine ;
- other composed chars (e.g. accented e (Ã©), tilde (~), umlaut-u (Ã¼), ...) are
Related to bug #83137 ?
It seems all non-Gnome native apps are affected (kprinter, kedit, mozilla, OOo
Writer, ...) ; GEdit, AbiWord, gnome-terminal, xterm all work fine.
The examples given are X based, which kbd has nothing to do with. Changing
You have not indicated what specific X release you are using. If you have
not done so already, please update to the latest XFree86 and rawhide
packages. If the problem persists, please attach your X server log
and config file, and also report the problem to the email@example.com
bug report address to maximize the chances of this problem being fixed
before 4.3.0 is released.
Comment #3 :
Phoebe 8.0.94, XFree86-126.96.36.1991-20030213.0
I'll upgrade to 188.8.131.522-20030218.0 on monday ; nevertheless, I already
attached XFree86 log & config file.
Coincidentally, I experienced the same bug (no composed double quotes) on my
production machine (stock up2dated RHL 8.0) with the latest Mozilla RPM builds
from ftp.mozilla.org (1.3b-0_gtk2_xft and 2003021xxx_trunk_rh8_gtk2), forcing me
to retrograde to Mozilla 1.2.1 ; I don't know how or whether to cross-reference
this bug report to the Mozilla package, though (I guess bugzilla.mozilla.org is
a better place for this).
Please note that my RHL 8.0 production machine is completely separate from my
8.0.94 test environment.
Created attachment 90256 [details]
Created attachment 90257 [details]
I'll await your feedback or the .902-upgrade, whichever comes first, before
posting this to xfree86.org.
Off-topic : thanks for both a truly great product and your inexhaustible
commitment. Linux and RH make computing fun again (kinda reminds me of the old
TRS-80 days :) ).
I'm experiencing this problem too (using a fresh Phoebe 8.0.94 installation). If
I change my keyboard type to U.S. International using "redhat-config-keyboard" I
cannot use the double quotes key in, for example, "konsole". With Phoebe 8.0.93
I did not experience this problem. If I change my keyboard type to U.S. English
everything works well again.
Upgraded to RawHide XFree86-184.108.40.2062-20030220.1, to no avail.
As this problem seems to be limited to non-Gnome apps, should I really file a
bug report with @xfree86.org ?
Concerning comment #9 : I read this today in the XFree86 cvs changelog
952. A more complete set of dead accent/space compose sequences, add
for letters with a "stroke", and add some
combos for exponent characters, katakana voiced sounds, etc to
the en_US.UTF-8 compose file (#5646, David Monniaux).
Perhaps d better wait for .903 RPM's ?
No go with XFree86-220.127.116.112-20030224.1 (from
(I'll be offline for the next 10 days).
Tested with XFree86-4.3.0-2 & kernel-2.4.20-2.54 :
This yields different results : pressing the dblquote/space keys in non-Gnome
apps (Mozilla, konsole, OOo Writer) returns something that *resembles* double
quotes, but isn't (hex 'c2 a8' instead of '22').
Example (with hexdump) :
00000000 2d 2d 2d 0a 22 31 32 33 22 0a 2d 2d 2d 0a c2 a8
|---."123".---...|00000010 31 32 33 c2 a8 0a 2d 2d 2d 0a
I'll be off-line until Mon 2003/03/10.
Problem still exists with XFree86-4.3.0-2.1
I'm changing the status of this bug to UPSTREAM for now, as we will include
the upstream fixes for this in our packages when XFree86 developers make
fixes available in CVS.
Thanks ; bug filed with XFree86@XFree86.org .
What is the upstream bug URL, can you put it here so I can track it?
Does this help you out ?
(merely a reference to this bug report).
Note : this bug seems to be fixed in RHL 9 Shrike ; my apologies for not closing
it myself. However, as I have completely lost Euro & cent symbols on both
console and X (no matter what keyboard layout I use), I suppose I'll have to
file a new bug.
I still notice this bug in Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike).
If I set the keyboard to US International, the " (double-quote's) key does not
work. Instead of the " character it returns the Â¨ character.
With US International "redhat-config-keyboard" executes the following command :
"/usr/X11R6/bin/setxkbmap -layout us_intl -model pc105"
With US English "redhat-config-keyboard" executes the following command :
"/usr/X11R6/bin/setxkbmap -layout us -model pc105"
These are the contents of my "/etc/sysconfig/i18n" file :
*** Bug 90300 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
THe firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list, used to be the official place upstream
to report bugs, however mailing lists are not a reliable way for reporting
or tracking bug report progress, and involves a lot of extra work on all
parties involved. XFree86.org has instituted bugzilla now for a few months,
and all bug reports should be filed in their bugzilla at: http://bugs.xfree86.org
Once you have filed the report in bugzilla upstream, please include the URL here
once it is filed, and i will track it there.
As a quick workaround, for those who can live with this workaround, do the
- open /etc/sysconfig/i18n
- Edit LANG=""
- Next time you boot, everything works fine (maybe resetting X is enough, but
I am not sure). Off course, doing so you will loose your locale, but your
keyboard will work fine in us_intl, including the double_quotes.
Strangely enough, a week or two ago, I played around with some modmaps, etc.
(didn't keep a log, unfortunately), and now everything works fine, even Euro
chars on a QWERTY keyboard, both in X and console.
If IIRC, I did this with XFree86-4.3.0-2 (not -5). Furthermore, main problem
with Euro was the new RAlt-mapping in Gnome2 (keycode 113).
From what I remember :
/etc/X11/XF86Config : (!! please note the us-int instead of us_intl !!)
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc101euro"
Option "XkbLayout" "us-int"
! Euro sign support
!keycode 26 = e E currency
keycode 26 = e E EuroSign
keycode 54 = c C cent
keycode 113 = Mode_switch Mode_switch Multi_key
Regarding comment #22
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=84802#c22), it works for
you because you are not using UTF. I experimented on RH 9.0 and this is what I get:
LANG="en_IE@euro" -> double quotes
LANG="en_US.UTF-8" -> diaeresis
Thus, the problem is UTF.
Created a bug report at XFree86.org:
I strongly suggest that you add any comments and information there instead of here.
Thanks, I'll track it upstream now, and monitor for fixes.
FWIW: for a workaround I had to edit /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose. In
that file I changed the line
<dead_diaeresis> <space> : "Â¨" diaeresis
<dead_diaeresis> <space> : "\"" quotedbl
Now typing Shift + ' and then typing space will give you " (double quote). It's of little use, but
typing Shift + ' twice will still give you a Â¨ (diaeresis).
I've just reinvestigated this upstream and it is resolved as a DUPLICATE of
another bug which is resolved "RESOLVED LATER" with recommendations on how
to proceed towards a solution. No further comments are present in the bug
report after that suggestion. This is likely a long term issue and not
something that will be investigated in the short term by XFree86.org resulting
in a backportable patch.
The presumption is now that the issue will be investigated by XFree86.org
at some point in the future, and a resolution determined which makes it into
a future XFree86 release. So at some point in the future, the official
upstream resolution will end up incorporated into Red Hat Linux, and we no
longer need to track this.
Closing WONTFIX for any existing releases.