German keyboard support for gdm???
freebsd at edvax.de
Fri Feb 2 19:18:06 UTC 2018
On Fri, 2 Feb 2018 17:08:46 +0100, Peter Ulrich Kruppa wrote:
> (I hope this webmailer doesn't produce any HTML mess - it's the first time
> I try it on a mailing-list)
Everything alright, no HTML garbage. :-)
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 2:11 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2 Feb 2018 05:04:24 +0100, Peter Ulrich Kruppa wrote:
> > > does anyone know how to make gnome's display manager gdm understand
> > german
> > > keyboard input?
> > Historically, you put an entry in /etc/X11/xorg.conf,
> > but today, this is not so easy anymore. There are at
> > least two options:
> > a) Use X11 cofiguration /usr/local/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/keyboard-de.conf
> > Section "InputClass"
> > Identifier "KeyboardDefaults"
> > Driver "keyboard"
> > MatchIsKeyboard "on"
> > Option "XkbLayout" "de"
> > EndSection
> That one I have found myself. It's nice to set german keyboard in twm or
> xfce4 , but is ignored by gdm.
This should be a X-wide setting, so the only reason for gdm to
ignore it is that somewhere else (!) a gdm setting says "en"
(and "don't use system's setting").
By the way, I've been using Gnome 2 and gdm in the past, with
german keyboard support, but as Gnome 3 became unusable, I
switched the particular systems to Mate and slim. Both seem
to honor the X-wide setting (global) for keyboard.
By the way, you could also try a partial xorg.conf with the
content mentioned above, located in /usr/local/etc/X11.
> > b) Use HAL configuration /usr/local/etc/hal/fdi/policy/x11-input.fdi:
> > <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
> > <deviceinfo version="0.2">
> > <device>
> > <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keyboard">
> > <merge key="input.x11_options.XkbModel"
> > type="string">pc102</ merge>
> > <merge key="input.x11_options.XkbLayout"
> > type="string">fr</merge>
> > </match>
> > </device>
> > </deviceinfo>
> This one I didn't know. I tried it and checked if hald is started. Result:
> Nothing, not even a french keyboard :-)
I'm almost sure Gnome still requires HAL and DBus in order
to run; do you have
in your /etc/rc.conf? Maybe
> And by the way: The space in </ merge> (behind pc102) will produce some
Yes, that seems to be a reformatting issue (indentation with
one tab, manually). And of course it should be "de" instead
of "fr". :-)
> > c) Use Gnome's configuration utility (the one which can also
> > configure gdm). I've never used that, so I cannot be more
> > specific, sorry. :-)
> Which one might that be: I have got gnome-control-center, gnome-tweak-tool
> and dconf-editor and can't see where anything about gdm could be done ...
That is very strange. Still I seem to remember that there was
a tool to configure gdm, but I cannot remember what it was...
> But in the meantime I found this:
> To me it sounds as if I either need the program localectl , which is only
> available on Linux or a /dev/input/event which can be produced by
> installing libudev-devd and rebuilding xorg-server with DEVD option - see
> the README at
> I will try that, but it will take some time on this old box.
Both localectl and udev are Linuxisms. Maybe Gnome 3 isn't actually
as cross-platform as it claims? ;-)
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