Keyboard Rewrite

Tom Spear speeddymon at
Fri Mar 31 17:08:15 CST 2006

On 3/31/06, Willie Sippel <willie at> wrote:
> Am Freitag, 31. März 2006 21:33 schrieb Tom Spear:
> > Hi all, this is a call for volunteers.  I am hoping that certain
> developers
> > participating in another thread are willing to rewrite the keyboard
> code,
> > but we need people to test.  If you are interested, please reply here
> > saying that you are interested, and what kind of keyboard you use, as
> well
> > as the layout you use under X.  I will be creating a wiki page for this
> > project once the people who will be taking on this rewrite confirm that
> > they will do so, and will post the link to this thread as soon as it is
> > created.
> >
> > The purpose of this rewrite is to (hopefully) fix all of the problems
> > people have with key mappings, characters not showing up as expected,
> race
> > conditions, characters not showing up at all, etc, and hopefully allow
> us
> > to close out many of the bugs in bugzilla having to do with the
> keyboard.
> >
> > Thanks all in advance
> >
> > Tom
> If this is about testing, I'll gladly help. I use a German SUN Type6
> keyboard
> (only one control key, Compose key, SUN keys instead of Windows keys, no
> menu
> key) with German layout and swapcaps. I also used to use an application
> that
> crashes due to a regression in Wine's keyboard handling it seems - could
> be a
> nice test app.
> --
> Willie Sippel
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> <willie at>
> Thank you all for your submissions.  Please keep 'em coming.  I am headed
home now, and will organize all emails for this thread into a different
folder on my machine so I can keep track of them.  If some devs come forward
and agree to start cracking on a keyboard rewrite, I will take my sorted
emails and create the wiki page.  I have the layout figured out in my head,
but it is kinda hard to describe.  You will see it in a few days, and I
think you will like it.

I do have a question for anyone who knows though.  There are 2 distinct
variations on the most common keyboard bugs.  Keyboard output gets sent to
console, or doesnt work at all; and these keys on my keyboard don't work or
dont work as expected, or this layout isn't recognized by wine and wine said
to report it here.  Is the first variation a bug in the keyboard code, or is
it something to do with some other component of wine?  I ask because we
already have a metabug in bugzilla, and I don't want to link those bugs to
the metabug if they arent a bug in the keyboard code..  I'd rather link it
to a directx metabug (if there is one) or so forth.

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