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Re: Fedora 8 internet keys support detailed plan + patches

Relax everyone!

This topic is too complicated that any of us has a chance of knowing all problems yet.

All efforts that make sure that hardware key presses are mapped to the right kernel keycodes are highly appreciated (laptops, PS/2 keyboards, USB keyboards). Btw I have written some scripts to convert keyboard setting from various sources into setkeycodes scripts (or anything else) including hotkey-setup, lineak, keytouch. They are currently checked into the hotkey-setup repository: https://developer.berlios.de/projects/hotkey-setup/

If this works the linux kernel will only show one kind of keyboard to both console and X11. And it doesn't matter much if this is called the linux or the Microsoft keyboard.

As Nicolas already stated the AT keyboard emulation as used by the X11 kbd driver (setting the console to raw mode) has a limitation to 240 keys.

Problem here is that the linux kernel has a lot of key codes that are out of range (see linux/input.h 0x160 up). These cannot mapped consistently into the 240 key range of the emulation. Because of this X11 has to switch to the evdev driver in the long run. Any work in this direction is appreciated. Nevertheless this might not be the right step for F8 as evdev wasn't in good shape when I looked at it 7 months ago.

Things are even worse as on the X11 side there are no Xkeysyms to map lots of the kernel keysyms to. I put together a list half a year ago. They can be found at the bottom of http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Laptop/HotKeys.
Don't give too much an the other text on the page.

Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
Right now the old way of sending X-keysyms is so full of quirks and
warts  I really don't hink minimal effort would be to try to fix it.
Patching the xkbd map shouldn't be too much effort for the time until we switched really everything to the evdev driver.

> Note: Stanislav Brabec who created /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/inet is
> currently working on an xkb patch which will create a virtual linux
> keyboard model.

Have you any pointers? I have the model already finished (mostly)...

Florian Festi

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