for all those who hate evdev a short how to live with it and not get crazy
zbiggy at o2.pl
Fri Mar 20 00:11:08 CET 2009
recently the old keyboard and mouse drivers were replaced by evdev driver.
This created some crazy keyboard response when some keys simply stopped
working and other gained different functions. Especially international users
were affected by loosing national keyboard layout. Here is short man how to
restore everything what was lost since udev in righ way:
1. lin hal (if you do not have it installed yet)
2. copy the x11 input policy file to directory of hal in /etc
cp /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-x11-input.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy
3. Modify it by adding keyboard options you have in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
To make it working the syntax of added options must meet xml format.
Here are changes I made to enable Polish keyboard, define how alt key should
behave and activate acpi keys:
--- 10-x11-input.fdi 2009-03-19 20:21:55.000000000 +0100
+++ 10-x11-input.fdi 2009-03-19 23:23:14.000000000 +0100
@@ -18,9 +18,6 @@
<merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">evdev</merge>
+<merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">pl</merge>
+<merge key="input.xkb.options" type="string">lv3:ralt_switch_multikey</merge>
+<merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">acpi</merge>
these added options are direct replacements for the keyboard input section
options from xorg.conf:
Option "XkbLayout" "pl"
Option "XkbOptions" "lv3:ralt_switch_multikey"
Option "XkbModel" "acpi"
4. Now restart hal service to make new config active:
service hald restart
5. Comment all input sections in xorg.conf
(If you will not do this the input will be read 3 times and desktop
applications like terminals will print every key 3 times like that:
(comment out not only keyboard but also mouse and othe input devices which
also may get crazy when 2 drivers will try to manage them together).
6. Configure desktop like KDE if needed. In case of kde3 the upper
arrow/pgup/pgdn keys will not work due to different mapping of keyboard.
To restore right behaviour change in 'control center->regions and
availability->keyboard shortcuts' the shortcut schemes from 'Current Scheme'
to 'KDE Default'. After applying changed scheme every next open application
like konsole will have correct keymapping.
7. If everything works as expected remove commented out input sections from
xorg.conf. They will not be needed anymore.
have a nice day,
Zbigniew 'zbiggy' Luszpinski
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