New Xorg - different key-codes
freebsd at grem.de
Thu Mar 12 10:12:36 UTC 2020
On Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:31:40 +0100
Alexander Leidinger <Alexander at Leidinger.net> wrote:
> This command sets the keyboard layout. You are supposed to set the
> keyboard layout which matches the physical layout of the hardware.
> This hadn't changed, it's a fundamental part of X11 since I know it
> (X11 6.5) and even before...
Exactly. I just personally prefer to use setxkbmap, as all my setups are
single user (one unprivileged user per machine that runs X, no shared
machines) and customization happens in $HOME that way. Makes it a
bit easier to setup a new machine (no digging in Xorg configs) and
reading ~/.xinitrc basically tells me all about my current config.
Plus, setxkbmap makes it easy to experiment, as it's applies changes
while X is running, even if one makes the those changes permanently in
an xorg config file later. And the resulting command is just one line
(in my case as short as "setxkbmap -model pc105 -layout de"), makes it
easier to support people.
Another useful application of the command is for debugging:
"setxkbmap -query" will tell you what's currently configured (regardless
how that configuration was done), e.g.,
On a machine running xorg 1.18:
# setxkbmap -query
On a machine running xorg 1.20:
In both cases the same setxkbmap command was used in ~/.xinitrc to set
model and layout. Rules were taken from Xorg's default config, which
changed to evdev in 1.20.
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