USB keyboard problems

John Baldwin jhb at
Tue Aug 31 13:55:36 PDT 2004

On Friday 27 August 2004 11:29 pm, M. Warner Losh wrote:
> In message: <20040828025829.GA51618 at>
>             Christopher Nehren <apeiron at> writes:
> : On Fri, Aug 27, 2004 at 22:41:32 EDT, M. Warner Losh scribbled these
> :
> : curious markings:
> : > I guess it all depends on what you mean by recently.  I'd thought that
> : > some of my recent changes had broken it, but the breakage goes back
> : > further than that.  5.2 release isn't 'recent', and I fully believe
> : > that things may have changed since then...  I see a major uhid upgrade
> : > in that time frame, which may be the time of breakage...
> :
> : I understand your point, but that doesn't sit well with the fact that my
> : joypad broke *after* I updated from 5.2-CURRENT of ~ August 15 to
> : 6.0-CURRENT of ~ August 19. Logically, if it had been busted by the uhid
> : upgrade in March, then it could not possibly have worked with 5.2-CURRENT
> : (which it did, just as well as it did with 5.2.1-RELEASE[1]), correct?
> :
> : [1] Better, in fact, as the device wasn't detected at boot time in 5.2.1
> : but was in 5.2-CURRENT.
> Then I'm very confused...  Time to dig deeper...

Alfred turned the atkbd probing off a while back:

alfred      2004/04/01 13:48:31 PST

  FreeBSD src repository

  Modified files:
    sys/i386/conf        GENERIC.hints
  Fix booting with ps2 keyboards.

  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.13      +0 -1      src/sys/i386/conf/GENERIC.hints

This didn't actually affect booting with a PS/2 keyboard, but only meant that 
you could boot up without a PS/2 keyboard and then plug it in, at the cost of 
breaking all uses of USB keyboards unless you use explicit kbdcontrol 
commands.  The instant-MFC was backed out of RELENG_4 at the request of re@ 
due to POLA.

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