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Old 06-18-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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compose key not working


I'm trying to use the compose key for characters like , , and so on.

It seems, from google searches, that Shift-AltGr is the default, but pressing this, followed by ',','c' does nothing - the cursor doesn't move so I guess some sort of signal is being sent.

I've tried using the kde control center -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout -> Options to set the right windows key, and also "xmodmap -e 'keycode 78 = Multi_key'" to set the scroll lock as the compose key but neither method works.

Reading the manpage for dumpkeys, I notice a comment about the kernel requiring compose key support. I've searched /usr/src/linux/Documentation and can't find anything on this.

I'm using Slackware 9.1, kernel 2.4.26, a Dell Precision 650 and my XF86Config keyboard section look like this (comments strippped) ...

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

Old 08-05-2004, 09:18 AM   #2
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Note to self. Include this line in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Option     "XkbOptions"    "compose:menu"
This works sporadically for some letters, and doesn't work at all for others.



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