The return of keyboard psychedelia

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Thu Mar 20 16:06:54 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-03-20 at 09:47 -0600, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> For a little while last week, I actually had a working keyboard - arrow
> keys and everything!  Getting them back made me realize how much I enjoy
> the simple pleasures in life...  Alas, it was not meant to last.  After
> updating yesterday, I now have *different* keyboard weirdness.  I don't
> get the screenshot dialog on up-arrow any more (that moved to delete, a
> much more logical place); now xev says it's "keysym 0xff26, Katakana".
> The down arrow is KP_Enter, left is "Henkan_Mode" and right is
> "Muhenkan".  And so on.
> In a way, this is cool...I've never had a Muhenkan key before.  But,
> then, I think back longingly to my long-lost arrow keys, and Muhenkan
> just loses some of its shine.
> But, then, maybe they'll be something new and exciting tomorrow - stay
> tuned.  Unless somebody knows how to bring back non-hallucinogenic
> behavior....? 

Due to the massive amount of bugs with evdev keyboard support, we've
rolled back that change so that we should now do pc105 keyboards by
default.  However, gnome may not have noticed for you.  Check your
keyboard preferences in gnome and make sure it's not evdev anymore.

There is another bug where devices that report to be both a
keyboard /and/ a mouse may wind up getting "evdeved" for all keyboards
so be aware of that.

Once you adjust your GNOME, and make sure there is nothing in your xorg
file saying evdev, restart everything and if the problem continues we'll
want to see an xorg log.

New installs seem to be fine.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?
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