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Old 05-04-2006, 03:07 AM   #1
raid517
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The impossibility of changing keybords?


Hi, can anyone please tell me how to go about changing the keyboard layout in Xubuntu? I assume, since it's Debian that the process should be the same for any flavour of Debian and Xubuntu - hence why I am appealing to Debian - and other users also.

Here is a list of what I have tried so far:

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg (worked until reboot), kbd-config did nothing, dpkg-reconfigure console-data, went through configuration process - but had no end effect, I did 'setxkbmap gb' - but again, this didn't survive a reboot, I edited my xorg.conf file to read: "XkbLayout" to "gb", but once again, this worked only until a reboot. I also tried writing a little script with the following syntx:

Code:
#! /bin/sh

setxkbmap gb

exit 0
and pretty much adding this to every available spare slot on each run level - but again to no effect. (I have no idea if I got the script right though - as I know nothing about these kinds of things. (Although I did test it by running the script from the command line - and it worked without a hitch)

Can anyone suggest what might be going on and possibly how to fix it?

I wondered if perhaps GDM might have anything to do with it?

Edit:

Of course I just realised my silly mistake/typo in the title.

Sorry...

GJ

Last edited by raid517; 05-04-2006 at 03:13 AM.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 03:49 AM   #2
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Try plugging in:
setxkbmap gb

In your ~/.xinitrc file. If you are using GDM to login everytime, you can choose to use your system wide Xinit file if your system has one (on Fedora currently, so I can't exactly check out Debian):
/etc/X11/xinit/xinit-common

Note that this will effect every user on your system. A single user way is to use ~/.xinitrc OR ~/.xsession

HTH

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Old 05-05-2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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No, I don't think you get it. That wouldn't have matterd - the guy who made this had written an almost bullet proof script and had stuck it in /etc/init.d (which is where debian runs it's start up scripts from), which made sure that it was very difficult for xorg.conf to be overwritten. (And hence very hard to alter the keyboard layout).

I would love to know why he did this - but there you are.

GJ
 
Old 05-05-2006, 12:42 PM   #4
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The guy who made what, kubuntu? And stuck what exactly in /etc/init.d? If you are talking about changing the keyboard in X, using the X startup file is what you should be looking for, not the system startup file. X is not linux, the init scripts are for getting the OS running which may or may not have X installed. Then from there X uses it's config and init files to start, not the system /etc/init.d or /etc/rc.d files.

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