Gnome2 -> Gnome3 - no way

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Thu Jan 8 14:59:14 UTC 2015

On 01/08/15 08:03, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 08/01/2015 13:58, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> On 01/08/15 03:36, William B wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>>>> Yes there is support but there is currently a bug with
>>>>> changing keyboard layouts on login that as a dvorak user,
>>>>> I am trying to solve.
>>>> Regarding keyboard layout (a thing I hardly change
>>>> during use) I prefer to either use xorg.conf to
>>>> set it globally, or .xmodmap on a per-user basis
>>>> (especially useful for programmable keyboards).
>>>> By the way, does Mate still require HAL as a
>>>> dependency?
>>> Both approaches do not work as mate keyboard takes over and changes
>>> the layout
>>> regardless of what you set in xorg.conf, but Mate keyboard "forgets"
>>> to set
>>> the layout to what the user has configured. I need some time to 
>>> debug it
>>> though work allowing.
>>> Not that I am aware of: HAL is a depedancy of Xorg, not MATE.
>>> According to the
>>> docs, and what I have checked, the "current" version of Xorg in pkg is
>>> not built
>>> with hal support, so it's not needed.
>>> - -- Sincerely,
>>> William Brown
> [noise cut]
>> What versions of xorg-server & FreeBSD does that ('current' xorg pkg
>> doesn't need HAL) refer to ? TIA & have a happy new year :-) ....
> Look at /usr/ports/UPDATING and you'll find
> 20141219:
>   AFFECTS: users of x11/xorg and all xorg ports
>   AUTHOR: dumbbell at
>   The X.Org server (x11-servers/xorg-server) is updated to 1.14. All
>   ports which provide X.Org drivers must be updated simultaneously, i.e.
>   x11-drivers/xf86-*, emulators/virtualbox-ose-additions, net/tigervnc,
>   etc.
>   The input device autodetection backend is switched from HAL to devd.
>   If you configure your keyboard layout through HAL .fdi files, you need
>   to migrate this configuration to plain X.Org configuration files.
>   Up-to-date instructions and a description of the changes brought by
>   this update are detailed in a blog post:

Thanks, I had read the /usr/ports/UPDATING entry, however, this A.M. I 
did a 'pkg version -vRL=' & there was no mention of xorg-server needing 
upgrading. I am on xorg-server-1.12.4_9,1 now, FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-p5, 
that's why I was asking ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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