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From: meino.cramer@×××.de
To: Gentoo <gentoo-user@l.g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-user] Some keyboard confusions
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 03:45:54
Message-Id: 20100918034435.GA5395@solfire

I am a little confused about the keyboard mapping, and what I made
wrong to screw it up...

What I want is a keyboard with german layout and no dead keys,
which was working under 32bit Linux.

What I did additionally under the 32bit Gentoo was to dump all
keysetting with xkeycaps into a ~/.xmodmap-file, remove the
entry for CAPS LOCK and reload it with ~/config/openbox/
Works perfectly.

After setting up the 64bit system, something subtle changes.

With (as I  think...) identical setting I got a mainly working
keyboard layout with even the germen umlauts working BUT some
(but important) keys NOT working:
@ does not work
Alt Gr was mapped to Page up
and so on. Some very interesting variations....

I tried to redump .xmodmap with xkeycaps but that did not


    setxkbmap de

brings back "@" to normal as "ALt Gr".

But: No "no dead keys" ... all keyes were "alive", so to say... ;)

I do not only want to fix this, I want to understand, whether I need
setxkbmap and whether/how it is possible to get back the former more
simpler (and working) way of a keyboard layout.

Ah! By the way: There were no changes to xorg.conf between the two
systems. /etc/conf.d/keymaps has the entry
KEYMAP="qwertz/de-latin1-nodeadkeys" as with the 32bit system.

How can I fix this ?

Thank you very much for any help in advance!
Best regard,


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] Some keyboard confusions Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com>