[kbd] Characters '<', '>' etc. with German layout
rdiezmail-temp2 at yahoo.de
Thu Jan 13 22:39:00 MSK 2022
> How did you configure the keymap in the console?
I didn't. I installed Ubuntu MATE with the GUI installer. O8-)
> Since you mentioned ubuntu, I can assume that you have the console-setup
> package installed. Is it so ?
Yes, it is apparently installed by default on Ubuntu MATE systems. Or at least I didn't install it manually.
> If so, can you show me content of /etc/default/keyboard ?
Unfortunately, that is the laptop I use while on holidays, and I am back from holiday. 8-(
I'll post the file contents the next time around.
I do not expect to see anything fancy there. It is not a file that I have ever touched.
I have another IBM ThinkPad laptop with Ubuntu MATE too, which works fine with the "Generic 105-key PC (intl.)". But I changed the keyboard to "Lenovo
(previously IBM)", "IBM Space Saver", as the outcome should be the same as with the other laptop.
These are the contents of that file:
$ cat /etc/default/keyboard
# KEYBOARD CONFIGURATION FILE
# Consult the keyboard(5) manual page.
Now that is unexpected. The keyboard is set in Ubuntu MATE to "IBM Space Saver", but nevertheless, that file says it is still "pc105". And I have
rebooted the laptop at least once since the keyboard change.
> If you use console-setup then it's better to ask a package maintainers.
What package maintainer should that be? The Ubuntu MATE project will probably tell me that's an Ubuntu thing, Ubuntu will say that it is a Debian
thing, Debian will say it's an X-Server and/or kbd thing...
I keep thinking that I cannot be the only guy with such keyboard issues on a ThinkPad.
But say that I have another laptop brand. What would you tell a user that wants to change the character some key generates? Does that depend on
whether the user runs Fedora or Debian? Does that depend on the desktop environment (KDE/GNOME/...)? Is that different for X, for a text console
inside X, or for a text mode console?
I just read the following in file /usr/share/doc/keyboard-configuration/README.Debian (on my Ubuntu MATE system):
"In Debian the default keyboard layout is shared between the console
and X. It is specified in /etc/default/keyboard."
That gives me hope that there is a way to change such key characters globally for both X and the text console.
But I am afraid of running "dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration" etc. The keyboard layout seems to be working fine on this laptop, including
switching between Spanish and German layouts. If I run such a command, will it break the keyboard on my MATE Desktop?
Thanks for your help,
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