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silent keys

(resend, mistakenly left out the list cc the first time...)

On Thu, 2009-02-19 at 18:15 -0500, Tom Metro wrote:
> Jarod Wilson wrote:
> > Most laptops, switching from 'us' or 'pc105' to 'us+inet' or 'pc105
> > +inet' will enable the bulk of additional keys.
> Inet or international? I didn't see any inet option.


For example:

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105+inet"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

I'm reasonably sure it used to be '"XkbLayout" "us+inet"', but appears
the new hotness is to keep layout as 'us', but set the model to "pc105
+inet", since its really a more accurate way to describe it (I guess).

> > If not, it could be some goofy keys that require special handling in
> > ACPI (which isn't uncommon).
> You mean like a key normally intended to control the sleep/wake state of 
> the machine?

Those, vol+/-, web browser back/forward/reload, pause, play, etc.

> No, I don't think that's applicable to the keys I'm 
> interested in. They are located next to the arrow keys, one having a 
> Euro symbol on it, and the other a dollar sign. I've never seen such 
> keys on a keyboard before, and I have no idea why you'd want such keys 
> next to the arrow keys (I could see them being useful as part of the 
> number pad).

Yeah, okay, I've got no clue on those ones...

> It feels like I need to go a layer down to see what's going on. Is there 
> a tool that will let me see the raw keyboard data from the kernel 
> outside of X? Maybe a /proc or /sys file that can be viewed? I saw the 
> showkey command, but it looks like it operates at a layer after keymaps, 
> which won't help if it is the mapping that is the problem.

Hrm... Does xev help shed any light at all? If its a usb-connected
keyboard, might be possible to get some info out of the hidraw driver
too... (grasping at straws. ;)

Jarod Wilson
jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at

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