New Xorg - different key-codes

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Wed Mar 11 21:55:03 UTC 2020

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:51 PM Greg Rivers <gcr+freebsd-stable at>

> On Wednesday, 11 March 2020 13:53:45 CDT Peter Jeremy wrote:
> > On 2020-Mar-11 10:29:08 +0100, Niclas Zeising <zeising at>
> wrote:
> > >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.
> >
> > The UPDATING entry says that it's switched from devd to udev.  There's no
> > mention of evdev or that the keycodes have been roto-tilled.  It's
> basically
> > a vanilla "things have been changed, see the documentation" entry.  Given
> > that entry, it's hardly surprising that people are confused.
> >
> Indeed, the change has been a bit inconvenient and time consuming to deal
> with.
> But I don't think we should let this overshadow the dedication and very
> hard work that Niclas and the graphics team have done and continue to do to
> keep FreeBSD relevant on the desktop. I for one am very grateful for that.
> --
> Greg

And the people involved have been very active in helping people resolve the
problems. In particular, Michael Gmelin had been very helpful in providing
a workaround for the failure of the brightness control buttons on my rather
ancient T520. He has also provided a solution for the failure of the volume
control buttons that I've had since the last update to MATE. I have yet to
try it as something else (no idea what) had magically fixed this after a
couple of months of them not working. I can't figure out what "fixed" this,
but it just started working a couple of weeks ago. Until/unless it fails,
I'm not touching things.

Also, my apologies to Michael as I have not responded to him with a status
update for WAY too long.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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