add a second keyboard with a different mapping

Timothy S. Nelson wayland at
Tue Jul 21 03:18:00 PDT 2009

On Tue, 21 Jul 2009, Peter Hutterer wrote:

>> 	The next thing was to test running the keyboards with different maps.
>> Now that configuration I'm after is like this:
>> Keyboard 1: Standard us+pc105+inet setup
>> Keyboard 2: 4 layouts; us-intl, el (Greek), il (Hebrew), and a custom layout
>> 	that lets me type various mathematical symbols
>> 	So, the configuration of keyboard 1 is automatically the way I want it,
>> so I don't have to do anything to it except ensure that I don't mess it
>> up.  For keyboard 2, I have a script that gets run when I log in to
>> XWindows that runs this command:
>> setxkbmap -device <deviceid> '<layouts>'
> nipick: not XWindows, its your desktop environment. gnome-settings-daemon
> will set the configuration earlier chosen but apply it to all devices and
> hence overwrite your xorg.conf/HAL configuration.
> KDE doesn't overwrite the keyboard config by default, so this is less of an
> issue.

 	I'm not 100% sure you're right here.  I don't appear to be using 
either of these.  My .xsession contains the following line:

${HOME}/local/bin/devicefinder --set

 	...where devicefinder is a script I wrote.


 	Thanks for snipped advice.  I may be in a position to act on some of 
it at some point in the future.


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