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Bugfix easyVoid non-US keyboard

March 10, 2024 — BarryK

Caramel reported this problem:

The problem is that there are scripts that expect the Xorg keyboard layout files to be at /etc/X11/xkb. The normal path is /usr/share/X11/xkb, with extras allowed in /etc/X11/xkb; however, Puppy Linux from the very early days had /usr/share/X11/xkb a symlink to /etc/X11/xkb

easyVoid has installed the keyboard layouts to the normal path, /usr/share/X11/xkb, not a symlink, so some scripts are not working.

This goes back a long way... when the keyboard layout is chosen in the initrd, it writes the selection to /etc/keymap. At startup of X from the commandline, /usr/bin/xwin script runs, and one thing this script does is call "keymap-set --xopt", which edits /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev-puppy.conf with the appropriate keyboard layout.

It is that 'keymap-set' script that is broken, as it looks at /etc/X11/xkb only. Forum member shinobar wrote that script in 2010, minor mods in 2012, 2015, 2016 and one small change in 2023.

I really should fix those scripts to look at /usr/share/X11/xkb, but for now have just implemented the easy solution; made /usr/share/X11/xkb into a symlink. Here is the woofV commit:   

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