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Re: [opensuse-factory] YaST keyboard settings [WAS: RFC: Announcing important changes in the distribution]
  • From: Stefan Dirsch <sndirsch@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 05:01:59 +0100
  • Message-id: <20091204040159.GA8709@xxxxxxx>
On Thu, Dec 03, 2009 at 04:27:06PM +0100, Egbert Eich wrote:
On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 06:57:45PM +0100, Lubos Lunak wrote:

Examples would be the removal of X configuration including keyboard layout
from YaST as a consequence of deprecating Sax2, meaning that it is now not
possible to change keyboard layout for KDM/XDM,

Since you keep pondering on the keyboard layout issue and since I finally
understand what you are talking about I've opened a new thread to discuss
this here.
I'm not sure if you are barking up the right tree. This issue had been
brought up by serveral X people and discussed with YaST people.

Setting the default keyboard layout for console and X at startup is easy:
Just change the KEYTABLE variable in /etc/sysconfig/keytable.
A YaST module to do just that would be very simple: use a table to map
between a descriptive text and map files add a few radio buttons for
deadkeys etc.
That this has not been done has a very simple reason (at least that's what
has been explained to me): Users expect the changes to take effect as soon
as they are made.
If the changes are made in the UI version of YaST it is rather likely that
X is running.
However the X keyboard configuration should be left to the desktop toolkit
which should keep track of the current configuration and nothing should
interfer with that.
Furthermore the console keyboard layout should not be changed while X is
running because in the past bad things were happening (not even sure if this
is still true). Thus when the user changed the default layout from within
an X session and return to the console it still would have the old setting.

As a cheezy workaround it was even suggested to only allow keyboard layout
changes from within the ncurses version of YaST and only support them when
running on the text console.
However the reply to this was that it's not possible to have different menues
in the UI and the ncurses version.
The result was that there is no way of configuring the default layout
(ie the layout of the text console and the intial layout for X) thru

I agree that this is not a well thought thru decision but this is nothing
that can be solved by either X or KDE.

Well, you can still set the Linux console keyboard by running 'yast2 keyboard'
(well hidden now; not even mentioned in 'yast2 -l' any longer). This then gets
mapped to an appropriate X keyboard layout the same way as it is also done
during installation.

But it would be much better to have a keyboard switcher inside of kdm as it is
also offered by GDM (AFAIK) to change it on the fly - remembering the last

Best regards,

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