[Xorg] xkb and macintosh

David Eger eger at havoc.gtf.org
Sun Jul 4 14:06:43 PDT 2004

My question for you all: 
  Does anyone use the macintosh keymaps in X(.org|Free86)?

I have a Powerbook running a recent linux kernel (2.6.x series).
I tried to set my keyboard to the intuitively obvious settings:

    Option "XkbRules"  "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel"  "powerbook"
    Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
    Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
    Option "XkbOptions"        ""

And I got some strange results:  
+ Pressing Alt+a key gives me accented characters
+ Trying to press Alt-x (for M-x in emacs) from an xterm sent M-8
   to emacs.  
+ Standard Backspace vs Delete problem.

PPC/linux standardized on 'linux keycodes' that sorta look like 
a PC keyboard with the extra keys, so when I set the settings 
back to:

    Option "XkbRules"    "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel"    "pc104"
    Option "XkbLayout"   "us"
    Option "XkbVariant"  ""
    Option "XkbOptions"  ""

things work fine.  (Though I'm still trying to grok how I can make
my Open Apple key compose those nice accented characters...)


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