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Author Topic: Setting keyboard to non-US  (Read 1357 times)

pme127

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Setting keyboard to non-US
« on: April 08, 2009, 07:15:31 am »

Keyboard map will not leave the US. When I select UK I am invited to test my UK keyboard, but it is still typing as US.

I suspect you know this, but don't how to fix it. VL (Lt) looks promissing, but needs to fix the keyboard bug.
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M0E-lnx

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Re: Setting keyboard to non-US
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 08:00:57 am »

in a terminal (DO NOT RUN THIS AS ROOT)
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setxkbmap -layout gb

pme127

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Re: Setting keyboard to non-US
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 11:25:39 am »

in a terminal (DO NOT RUN THIS AS ROOT)
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setxkbmap -layout gb

Thanks, I was in root because I thought settings in root applied to all users unless changed by a user in their own account (I may be wrong), and I wanted a UK keyboard system wide.

In my user account I entered setxkbmap -layout gb in a terminal, and it worked, but reverted to US on reboot.

The same thing happens in Absolute Linux, which has many similarities with VL, including the keyboard problem, there has been much disucssion in AL forums over the last year or so, to no avail, the GU keyboard configuration doesn't work.
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nightflier

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Re: Setting keyboard to non-US
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009, 12:21:12 pm »

You say this is in VL6 Light? Which window manager/desktop environment are you using?
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M0E-lnx

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Re: Setting keyboard to non-US
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 01:00:46 pm »

Yes... this is a per-session setting.
If you want a global setting you need to modify your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and find the line that says
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Option "XkbLayout" "us" and change that "us" to a "gb"

pme127

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Re: Setting keyboard to non-US
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009, 04:41:31 am »

I am running VL6 Light as a Guest in VirtualBox 1.5 running on Windows XP SP2, with several other Linux and Windows guests, and the default/revert to US keyboard problem is confined to Linux.

nightflier
You say this is in VL6 Light? Which window manager/desktop environment are you using?

I don't know, how can I find out. At install I opted for defaults or lightest/fastest option.

Yes... this is a per-session setting.
If you want a global setting you need to modify your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and find the line that says
Code: [Select]
Option "XkbLayout" "us" and change that "us" to a "gb"

I have loged on as root and peter opened a terminal, gone: cd /, ls -a, cd etc, ls -a. I can't find /X11/xorg.conf anywhere, perhaps there is another /etc?

PS As I am on a virtual hard disk (VHD), which I have backed up at clean install and again at each successfull configuration step, working in root is not a problem, though I only do so when neccersary.
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