spontaneous failure to deliver keystrokes

Ben Kaduk minimarmot at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 21:13:47 PST 2007

On 11/27/07, Ben Kaduk <minimarmot at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I recently put down a fresh install of 7.0-beta2 on my machine that was once
> tracking HEAD, and just now I was typing into an xterm and all my
> keystrokes were lost.  In fact, the machine (laptop) does not respond
> to any keyboard input at the moment, though the mouse works
> fine and I can ssh in.
> I'm going to leave the machine in this state for a while, in case there's
> a way to frob at kbdmux that I don't know about (yet).
> I am inclined to suspect the hardware on this machine, since it's
> already four years old and showing signs of age/wear, but I'll
> throw this out there in case someone else is also seeing
> weirdness (and who knows, maybe there is a way to
> remotely frob kbdmux and I'll find out).

For the archives: a reboot seems to have refreshed things,
though my half-baked fiddlings with kbdcontrol had
no effect.

This is a Dell Inspiron 8500 with an i8042 keyboard controller.

-Ben Kaduk

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