Is HandleSpecialKeys expected to work when xkeyboard is disabled?

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Fri Dec 11 20:09:44 PST 2009

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 05:09:12AM -0800, Derek Fawcus wrote:
> This is with server version 1.6.1,  and the following evdev module:
>         compiled for 1.6.0, module version = 2.2.1
>         Module class: X.Org XInput Driver
>         ABI class: X.Org XInput driver, version 4.0
> as distributed in Mandriva 2009.
> For various reasons I wish to operate with the XKEYBOARD extension
> disabled,  so I've been experimenting with using the -kb option
> or the XkbDisable config option.  What I am finding is that I
> then cannot get VT switching (Ctrl+Alt+F1 etc) to operate.
> This is despite if I do or do not have -retro on the command
> line,  or trying the various combinations of the HandleSpecialKeys
> and DontVTSwitch config options.
> So given the games associated with the DontZap behaviour,
> is it expected that VT switching with xkb disabled should
> still be functional?

VT switching is handled by XKB for the evdev driver. You need to use the
kbd driver (up to 1.3.2), which used to have it's own special key handling.


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