keyboard mapping with XFree86 4.3.0

Tim Ruehsen tim.ruehsen at
Wed Apr 9 09:19:51 CDT 2003

Hi Shachar,

thanks for your answer. Dmitry's answer maked me believe to be stupid...

Since I can't rewrite the keyboard detection code and it looks like it is a 
general XFree 4.3.0 issue, I have to wait for someone to fix it.

Meanwhile, your answer lets me hope that there is a workaround. But I don't 
understand your answer completely. As I can see, my keyboard configuration 
(in XF86Config) did not change from 4.2 to 4.3. Could you or anybody give me 
a hint on how to set XkbLayout/XkbVariant or whatever to get my right alt key 
working (this is the most important one for me)?

Regards, Tim

> I don't know whether it's relevant in this case. XFree 4.3.0 introduced
> a total disconnection of the different keyboard groups. If before, the
> IL keyboard contained a US keyboard as the first group, and an IL
> keyboard as the second group, now I have to define "US,IL" to get the
> same effect. This is, on the whole, a good thing (even - a very good
> thing). This does mean that the keyboard detection in wine will now only
> work if you have your keyboard defined in exactly the same way as the
> 4.2 keyboards.
> I have placed this on my todo list for Wine, but not told anyone so far,
> as I am extremely busy, and am unlikely to get to it anytime soon. I was
> hoping someone else picks it up before I do (for those who wonder - I am
> working on adding Hebrew support to wine, but this quest is causing me
> now to rewrite the entire choose font dialog, and will probably cause me
> to address the keyboard detection later on as well, due to keyboard
> change notification messages).
>              Shachar

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