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Old 10-24-2008, 08:59 PM
Thierry Moreau
Default Issue with multilingual keyboard support, only in unprivileged bash, direct or X11 client

Dear all:

I noticed this strange behavior.

I installed French Canadian keyboard support with plain vanilla
configuration steps, i.e.

# loadkeys cf
for direct consoles (ones which reports ASCII or UTF-8 to a kbd_mode


in /etc/xorg.conf a line like
Option "XkbLayout" "pc+ca(fr)"
(this applies to bash in which kbd_mode reports raw or scancode mode)

This works fine in every contexts that I tested, except *unprivileged*
bash *when-it-reads-a-command-from-its-standard-input*. For instance,

$echo Montréal français
can not be typed due to the eacute character (echo Montral francais), but
Montréal français
works as expected, and a vim session also works.

Privileged (root) bash sessions work in Crux, and unprivileged sessions
in a Suse distribution also works.

Note that the special keystrokes sequences that generate a character
code *in-the-ASCII-range* works in every case, e.g. <AltCar> 2 generates
the @ character and ^ <space> ganerates ^ (^ e is expected to generate ê
or ecircumflex).

It is not a serious issue for me, it just made my configuration
troubleshooting more tedious. Perhaps this strange behavior has other
side-effects, so I'm reporting this as seemingly Crux (2.4) specific.

P.S. If I may get an account for the wiki, I might report the kernel
config file that worked for my Lenovo T61 laptop installation.



- Thierry Moreau

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