type 5 kbd/mouse woes

Marius Strobl marius at alchemy.franken.de
Wed Jan 11 08:32:52 PST 2006

On Sat, Jan 07, 2006 at 07:30:01PM +0000, Robert Slade wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-01-07 at 19:11, mdh lists wrote:
> > 
> > sysmouse is created by running moused.  moused
> > provides the /dev/sysmouse utility.  To activate
> > moused for a Sun type5 setup, you'll almost certainly
> > want the command `moused -t mousesystems -p
> > /dev/cuau3`.  This will allow you to have Xorg access
> > the mouse via /dev/sysmouse, as well as providing
> > mouse functionality on a syscons console.  So yes, the
> > mouse does in fact work on the console with FreeBSD
> > 6.0 on sparc64. :-)
> > 
> > The LED problem is a known issue, and I have a GNATS
> > ticket open on it, you can check out the FreeBSD bug
> > tracking system and see if you maybe have anything to
> > add to the information I've already provided in that
> > ticket to assist the kernel dev folks in identifying
> > and addressing the lock key LED problem. However, as
> > all the toggles still work just fine, I marked the
> > ticket as non-critical.  
> > 
> Many thanks - I was trying to figure the mouse out. Is it possible to
> change the console keyboard layout to gb rather than us?

For the Xorg-server it should work but so far not for the
console and the TTYs. Both the LED issue and the fact that
loading keyboard maps doesn't work on sparc64 basically are
the same problem - endian bugs in the keyboard IOCTLs. Fixing
them however currently is low priority for me as it would
open can of worms as it also means fixing the Xorg-server to
actually send the right LED codes for Sun RS232 keyboards,
importing keyboard maps for Sun RS232 keyboards and getting
rid of the assumption that every keyboard is PS/2 compatible
in kbdmux(4)...

> I've actually
> got a type6 kb and remembering which keys do what is a real pain.

And non-US keyboard layouts are a PITA for most programming
and scripting languages, who does need stuff like accent-signs,
currency-symbols and umlauts anyway? :)


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