xkb issue - types not recognized

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at gmail.com
Mon May 19 04:23:32 PDT 2014

I think an x11-related list might get you some better answers. However
as it happens I made my own xkb layout a while ago. The bad news is I
never quite figured out how to install it as a separate layout, so
what I do is actually replace symbols/us with my layout.

I don't think you're supposed to edit anything in X11/xkb/rules, the
package manager ships all the files in there and nothing would survive
an xkb-common upgrade. To add insult to injury, xkb does not look in
$XDG_*_HOME dirs so you cannot install your keyboard layout locally.

The very unscalable advice I got a few years ago when asking an xkb
dev was "Just send us your layout and we'll add it upstream". I'm not
sure if the situation has improved since - if it has, please let me
know about it :)

J. Leclanche

On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM, cheater00 . <cheater00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone! I'm new to the list, but it looks very interesting
> already! I was wondering if this was the right place to talk about
> xkb?
> I have an issue with xkb and i was hoping someone here might be able
> to give me some pointers.
> i have created a new keyboard layout with xkb and now i need to add
> new types, i.e. how modifier keys behave. The symbols file, types file
> and compat file seem to be well formed, but the types have no effect,
> and when i check with setxkbmap and xkbcomp, the types are not listed.
> I'm not sure how to edit the xml files in /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules so
> that xkb knows how to find the new types. How should i proceed?
> Debugging output can be found here: http://lpaste.net/5576643678098685952
> the source is here:
> https://bitbucket.org/cheater/us_split_cherry_kw6000_two_iso/src/
> This is under Ubuntu; as I understand Ubuntu and some other distros
> use rules/evdev.xml, whereas some other distros use an older system
> which is also based off files in rules/.
> The base contains an easy to use installer and it could be a base for
> other people's layouts. It integrates with the UI.
> I would appreciate any pointers, as I've probably read anything there
> is online about xkb starting the last weekend, and am pretty much
> stuck...
> Thanks!
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