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Old 09-20-2013, 05:25 AM   #1
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Capslock keyboard LED strange behavior.


Slackware 14.0

Hi: when I switch from one console (text consoles) to the other, the state of the capslock key is preserved. The keyboard capslock LED state is preserved too. However, if one of the consoles is /dev/tty7 (the GUI), then the LED does not keep pace with the capslock key. You have to press the capslock key twice for the LED to synchronize with the capslock key. This behavior I have observed under versions 14.0 and 12.0 with different machines and keyboards. Is there a remedy for this?
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Yes - contribute the patch :-P. It's one of those fiddly feature requests that are low on priority, so nobody bothers.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Nobody bothers because nobody works in the /dev/tty's, I think.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 02:15 PM   #4
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I do. But I wouldn't give a $@&! what the keyboard leds did, as long as the keyboard works. The younger generation has a shorter attention span and does several things simultaneously in a gui. It's more productive, if you have the mind for it.
 
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I could have the mind, but not the eyes. I find the text consoles, with its fixed dot matrix characters and lack of equispacing definitely more legible and certainly more comfortable: white foreground, black background, as credits are shown in the cinema. What I do not know is if the characters are directly generated by hardware as in the old days.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
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If eyesight is a problem (as mine is) grab the terminus fonts from some red hat family distro and run rpm2targz on them. They go up to 32 point, but I can only use 28 point I have this in rc.local

setfont ter-928n

28 being the size. The biggest ones are just too big for the console to stretch to it. No doubt red hat put in a patch to hack that, and visited it on luckless Fedora users.
 
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Thank you very much, business_kid.
 
  


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