xserver-xephyr doesn't support swedish/finnish keyboard layout

Bug #531872 reported by Elvis
This bug affects 1 person
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xorg-server (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: xserver-xephyr

On a Ubuntu Karmic desktop configured for a Swedish/Finnish keyboard layout, Xephyr doesn't handle combination keys with "AltGr". I cannot type '@' which is "AltGr+2" combination keys. Instead of '@', I get '2'.
I run Xephyr like that:
Xephyr :2 -host-cursor -screen 800x480x16 -dpi 96 -ac -kb

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Mar 4 13:54:50 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/yelp
Package: yelp 2.28.0-0ubuntu2
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-19.56-generic
SourcePackage: yelp
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-19-generic i686

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Elvis (foo6321) wrote :
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Elvis (foo6321) wrote :
Bryce Harrington (bryce)
tags: added: karmic
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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[This is an automatic notification.]

Hi Elvis,

This bug was reported against an earlier version of Ubuntu, can you
test if it still occurs on Lucid?

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Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-retested-on-lucid-by-june
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Marcell Lengyel (miketkf) wrote :

I was trying to reproduce this in Lucid and this is how far I got.

Apparently Xephyr does not support -kb anymore, so I used this command:

Xephyr :2 -host-cursor -screen 800x480x16 -dpi 96 -ac -keybd evdev,,device=/dev/input/event4,xkbrules=xorg,xkbmodel=evdev,xkblayout=fi

then I got:

Failed to open evdev device /dev/input/event4

and sure enough, I can not input anything to Xephyr with the keyboard.
All files in /dev/input are owned by root and only root has read/write permissions. Google did not help with the error message either.

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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[Resetting to incomplete since we need a response from the original reporter on this].

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
status: New → Incomplete
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Elvis (foo6321) wrote :

In Lucid, Finnish keyboard layout is well supported, if I run Xephyr like:
Xephyr :2 -host-cursor -screen 800x480x16 -dpi 96 -ac -keybd ephyr,,,xkbmodel=evdev,xkblayout=fi

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for xorg-server (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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