The move to X.Org server 1.5.x was not quite the smooth ride I expected it to be. It took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon to get everything in working order again. Some time ago (actually already 2 month have gone by) I used the opportunity to do this, while fiddling with Ubuntu 8.10 on an externally connected USB drive. I compiled the X-server in a chroot environment on my standard os partition.
The first good thing I noticed after rebooting into my standard Gentoo environment was, that all of my 9 mouse buttons were correctly working. The bad news was, that each time I pressed the
Cursor Up key, that the KDE screen snapshot utility would open. I tried multiple changes in the
Input section of the
/etc/X11/xorg.conf file, all to no avail. The first break through came, when I completely removed all sections from the
xorg.conf file having something to do with the keyboard or the mouse. After that it was only additional configuration for the HAL subsystem, to report the correct keyboard type. For this I created the file
/etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-x11-input.fdi with this content:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <deviceinfo version="0.2"> <device> <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys"> <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">evdev</merge> <merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">de</merge> <merge key="input.xkb.rules" type="string">evdev</merge> </match> </device> </deviceinfo>
I think, the best way to diagnose any problems is to look at the
/var/log/Xorg.0.log file. For my particular keyboard/mouse the output looks like this:
(II) config/hal: Adding input device HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G) (**) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): always reports core events (**) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): Device: "/dev/input/event2" (II) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): Found keys (II) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): Configuring as keyboard (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G)" (type: KEYBOARD) (**) Option "xkb_rules" "evdev" (**) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): xkb_rules: "evdev" (**) Option "xkb_model" "evdev" (**) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): xkb_model: "evdev" (**) Option "xkb_layout" "de" (**) HOLTEK Wireless Keyboard/Mouse(2.4G): xkb_layout: "de"
xkb_* options are the important places here. Before I managed to set
xkb_layout to “
de” through HAL, the log file would report “
us” here, which in turn had the affect of opening the snapshot dialogue when pressing
Cursor Up. Another problem was the
xkb_rules option. Some blog article I found through googling suggested to set
xorg. This does not work however, since
xorg is a symbolic link in the
/usr/share/X11/xkb/rules directory and links to
base, which is not the correct rules set for the
These three articles (part1, part2 and part3) from the Cybso blog were very helpful. In particular if you are using lineak. You should look at part 3 and install the lineakd keyboard file for the evdev-driver. These two links were helpful as well (1, 2
The Gentoo folks have created an update guide in the meantime, which wasn’t available, when I started out.