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quadmore 05-08-2004 12:21 PM

Need my keypad ALT-number characters / Redhat 9

I am very happy with my new Redhat 9 box, except for one thing: I have
lost all my ALT-number keys which I use to display French characters.

Working on both French and English keyboards on a dozen different
Windows machines day in and day out, I even type my single quotes with
ALT-39 and backslashes with ALT-92 on the keypad with Num lock on.

I am desperately trying to figure out how to get my French accented
characters back.

Is there a way to do this? I used Redhat 7.3 before and it didn't have
this problem.

Help! Help!

arvind_sv 05-11-2004 08:27 AM


I'm not very sure about this. But, you can try this:
kcmshell keyboard_layout

Play around with the options there.

Hope it helps,

quadmore 05-14-2004 01:33 PM


Thanks for writing!

I tried that, with no success resolving my problem.

If and when I find the resolution, I will post it here.


arvind_sv 05-14-2004 02:01 PM


Ok. Look at these documents. You have a better chance with these, I'm sure.


arvind_sv 05-14-2004 02:06 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention. The file "/usr/lib/kbd/keytables/" mentioned in the Danish HOWTO might be at "/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/" these days.

The map you might want is at "/usr/share/keymaps/i386/azerty/", atleast on my system. I think on RedHat 9, it's at "/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/azerty/".


arvind_sv 06-21-2004 10:38 AM


I remembered your predicament when I saw this. Maybe it'll help.

Right at the very end, there's a small snippet "Latin1 characters on an English keyboard". It'll do something like what you want.

Hope it helps,

quadmore 06-22-2004 07:00 AM

Thanks Arvind,

I will check that out.

The web page editing is easy to work around by using HTML special characters (which also avaoids web pages from displaying incorrectly in the different encodings) but responding to email is sub-optimal. Skipping accents in an email reply looks like I rushed a response.

Best regards,
Bert Szoghy
Quadmore Software Services

gaviidae 06-29-2004 09:01 AM

laptop issues, spanish characters
Some of the links would be helpful but specifically I have a laptop (no right-hand numeric pad). The idea of using the useless keys like CAPS-lock is appealing but I see the limited amount of letters. Also, I like to change Linux flavors from time to time (newbie, I want to learn from one system to another)... for instance if RedHat keeps its X info under /X11 and others under /XFree86 or something (I'm grossly simplifying) then I have to do different things each time...
What if I'm Not Using X??? And want to type Spanish in, say, vim or Emacs? I keep thinking there must be something that can be in command-mode terminals that is kinda universal, instead of having a different solution for each X KDE Gnome Bluecurve etc.
Quadmore were you running rh 7.3 on a desktop w/numeric pad or a laptop?
--gaviidae (!no puedo usar mi espanyol! :)

quadmore 06-29-2004 10:13 AM

Thanks Arvind,

I will try that.

Best regards,
Bert Szoghy
Quadmore Software Services

arvind_sv 07-01-2004 02:38 AM

Hi Bert,

Look at this post:

Maybe you can collaborate with the guy and find some solution.


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