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gmjs 06-05-2012 09:55 AM

Xfce 4.6.2 Ignores Keyboard Layout Settings

I'm trying (quite hard) to like the Slackware Linux and Xfce4 combination (GNOME is my preferred DE) but I'm having problems with the keyboard layout.

Before I start X, the keyboard layout is set correctly (gb) but, after starting Xfce, the keyboard layout defaults to US.

If I change it at the Xfce settings dialogue, Xfce ignores it (it worked the first time I changed it, then I logged out, and now I cannot change the keyboard layout anymore--despite the dialogue stating the correct layout).

Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?


business_kid 06-06-2012 07:43 AM

That en_US for all sucks, doesn't it? It's a Slackware default.

hack /etc/profile.d/ to fix that.

For X, I have a 90-keyboard.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d with the line

XkbLayout "gb" #(instead of "us")

for Ireland. Learn this stuff, and configure for your own area. Have fun.

gmjs 06-07-2012 11:12 AM

I altered and added a new "Input" section to a new file and placed it in "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to make any difference to X (perhaps something was overriding it somewhere)?

I've reinstalled Slackware and Xfce has now actually taken some notice of the change of keyboard layout in its settings dialogue. I wish I knew what was wrong with it before!

I can't see myself using Slackware as a desktop (I've just noticed how difficult it's going to be to install some of the software I like to use (e.g. Inkscape)). Xfce regularly loses its panel and often doesn't log out correctly either :(.

Anyway, thank you very much for your reply.

business_kid 06-07-2012 04:14 PM

You don't just pick up Slackware, imho. You promote yourself to it.

The pros are: steady up to date system; stays put the way you set it. What attracted me to slackware was a guy who had slack on a box for 8 years without a reinstall! I wouldn't advise that always, but that's stability.
You get slackbuild scripts for things like inkscape

The cons are mainly that you do the work. It's not as automagic as some others. A certain level of competence is required, as well as the patience to deal with faults. But you learn loads.

I got very fed up with distros that inevitably fall on their swords after a year or two because of updates clashing with something and you get crazy faults and it all ends in tears and a reinstall. All their fancy script don't do what I wanted to do, etc. I _hate_ setting a box up for myself. I want to use linux, not play with it.

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