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From: Chris Russell <cjr@g.o>
Subject: Re: Keyboard-related problems
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 14:39:23 +1300
Eduardo, since you've installed from GRP I'll assume you are running
xfree, not xorg.  The likely cause(s) of your problem are;
 1. incorrect keymap specified in /etc/rc.conf
 2. incorrect keymap specified in /etc/X11/XF86Config

the system keymap (defined in rc.conf) depends on your kernel version,
for kernel 2.4 you would probably use sunkeymap but for kernel 2.6
things changed and you should specify a differnet keymap. (ref: )

for xfree, this is what I used with my us layout type-5 keyboard and
kernel 2.4
Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver		"keyboard"
	Option		"XkbModel"    "sun"
	Option		"XkbCompat"   "compat/complete"
	Option		"XkbTypes"    "types/complete"
	Option		"XkbKeycodes" "sun(type5)"
	Option		"XkbGeometry" "sun(type5unix)"
	Option		"XkbSymbols"  "sun/us(sun5)"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Mouse0"
	Driver      "mouse"
	Option      "Protocol" "busmouse"
	Option      "Device" "/dev/sunmouse"
(ref: )

for kernel 2.6 I'm not so sure as I switched to xorg as well but I'm sure someone else could comment.

please post back to the list any results / more questions

On Fri, 2004-10-29 at 02:52, Eduardo Dueñez wrote:
> Hi all:
> I'm new to Gentoo (2004-2), which I just installed on an Ultra 10. 
> I'm loving it, but I have a couple of questions (I used Stage 3 and
> the GRP packages: the only software I've compiled locally is the
> kernel).
> I'm running kdm.  Now, in the x86 architecture, I can switch back and
> forth between X and the virtual consoles using Ctrl-Alt-F[n], but that
> does not seem to work here.  In fact, I cannot use other shortcuts
> that I'm used to in KDE, such as Alt-F2 to launch the "Run Command..."
> window.  However, Alt-F4 does work to close windows.
> Even stranger is the fact that my keyboard's "b" doesn't do what it
> should.  From KDM (or the console, for that matter) it's fine, only
> once I enter KDE it becomes nonfunctional.  I suspect it's mapped
> incorrectly, since pressing "b" seems to cause a half-second freeze. 
> However, shifted "B" works fine!!!  In fact, if caps is locked then
> just pressing "B" causes the same "freeze" but Shift-"b" gives the
> (correct) lowercase "b"!!!
> Actually, pressing "b" at the address bar of Mozilla caused it to
> crash: yet another indication that "b" is being mapped to some weird
> character or escape sequence.
> I'm using a Sun Type-6 keyboard configured as a Type-5.  I strongly
> suspect this is fine since from KDM everything works, only upon
> entering KDE do things behave erratically (and then only the Alt'ed
> keys and that pesky "b").
> Thanks,
> Eduardo
> --
> gentoo-sparc@g.o mailing list

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