New Xorg - different key-codes

Niclas Zeising zeising at
Wed Mar 11 09:29:13 UTC 2020

On 2020-03-11 01:46, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> On Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at  0:20:03 +0000, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> [originally sent to current@]
>> I just updated my laptop from source, and somewhere along the way
>> the key-codes Xorg sees changed.
> Indeed.  This doesn't just affect -CURRENT: it happened to me on
> -STABLE last week, so I'm copying that list too.  See
> , not the first entry on the subject.
>> I have the right Alt key mapped to "Multi_key", which is now
>> keycode 108 instead of 113, which is now arrow left instead.
> Interesting.  Mine wandered from 117 to 147, with PageDown ("Next") as
> collateral damage.  It seems that there are a lot of strange new key
> bindings (partial output of xmodmap -pk):
>      117         0xff56 (Next)   0x0000 (NoSymbol)       0xff56 (Next)
>      130         0xff31 (Hangul) 0x0000 (NoSymbol)       0xff31 (Hangul)
>      131         0xff34 (Hangul_Hanja)   0x0000 (NoSymbol)       0xff34 (Hangul_Hanja)
>      135         0xff67 (Menu)   0x0000 (NoSymbol)       0xff67 (Menu)
>      147         0x1008ff65 (XF86MenuKB) 0x0000 (NoSymbol)       0x1008ff65 (XF86MenuKB)
> Some of these may reflect other remappings that I have done.
>> I hope this email saves somebody else from the frustrating
>> morning I had...
> Sorry.  I should have thought of reporting it.  For me, with a number
> of other issues, it was a frustrating week,some of which are still not
> resolved.

This has to do with switching to using evdev to handle input devices on 
FreeBSD 12 and CURRENT.  There's been several reports, and suggested 
solutions to this, as well as an UPDATING entry detailing the change.

I'm sorry that it has caused fallout, but it is something that needs to 
be done in order to keep up with upstream graphics stack, and to improve 
FreeBSD desktop support in general. has some 
discussions regarding input devices, as does the x11@ mailing list archives.

Niclas Zeising
FreeBSD Graphics Team

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