Re: 2.2.18: a total loss (at least for me); keyboard doesn't work anymore.

Subject: Re: 2.2.18: a total loss (at least for me); keyboard doesn't work anymore.
From: antadam (
Date: Thu Dec 28 2000 - 04:52:15 MST

When I compiled for 2.2.18 i didn't even get a keyboard. i put the vmlinux
image in the system folder for bootx and when i ran ydl 1.2.1 it wouldn't let
me type anything...i'fm i'm missing something stupid please let me know. i'm
talking, it wouldn't let me type in the console.

On Thursday 28 December 2000 16:15, you wrote:
> intentionally use this provocative subject to attract attention on this, in
> my opinion, fundamental topic: the correct working of keyboard.
> I have an iMac rev.B with Italian usb qzerty keyboard. Before I was using
> kernel ben_2.2.17pre20, and I modified the keyboard maps (both for the
> console and for X; the ones you can find in /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/mac/ and
> /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/symbols/macintosh/) to respect my keyboard layout.
> Now I got and compiled 2.2.18 and I am lost: the first time I booted it I
> found I had completely lost the correspondence between buttons and outputs;
> using 'showkey' and 'xev' I noticed that the keycodes were completely
> different from the previous ones. Following a suggestions given to me in
> comp.os.linux.powerpc newsgroup I went to
> and saw that now (at
> least for the console) you don't need anymore mac-* maps, but you have to
> use standard linux keymaps. So I did, and for the console things went
> better, apart from the modifications I have to do to adapt these maps to
> Italian layout. But the big problem is with X: I'm using Xpmac (I tried to
> start XFree 4.0 I compiled with previous kernel, but didn't succeeded in
> it) and, after a lot of tries to understand how it loads the keycodes file
> (in my situation it is /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/keycodes/macintosh) to change
> it with another one (but which?) I write down all the keycodes of my
> keyboard I got with 'xev' to manually modify this file. With my big
> surprise I have found that different buttons on my keyboard give the same
> keycode (for example 8, 2, 4, 6, on the keypad and the up, down, left,
> right arrows) and so I don't really know how to do. Besides this, if I
> press the space bar the cursor starts a run on the shell and I have to
> press another button to stop it. So I have come back to previous kernel and
> I'm waiting for better days. Just a consideration: in my opinion (and not
> only: I report some
> observations made by Italian wanting-to-use-linux-on-mac people) one of the
> fundamental thing to increase the number of linux users and not to restrict
> its use to an elite is to have a simple way to obtain one's own keyboard
> working.
> Bye.
> Rick

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