Recent linux kernel bug causing problem for xkbcomp

Alan Coopersmith alan.coopersmith at
Tue Jan 24 15:43:52 PST 2012

On 01/24/12 03:33 PM, walt wrote:
> Hi team.  I'm trying to debug a recent commit to Linus's git repo
> that causes startx to halt with a complaint that it can't write a
> .xkm file to /var/lib/xkb.
> I'm assuming that the message is from xkbcomp, but I can't find
> where in the startx process that xkbcomp is run, or what else might
> produce such an error message.  I'd like to reproduce the error by
> running xkbcomp manually so I can track it down.

startx runs Xorg, Xorg forks & execs xkbcomp:

It is not pretty in the slightest, and replacing the fork/exec with calls
to libxkbcommon has been on our todo list for quite a while.

	-Alan Coopersmith-        alan.coopersmith at
	 Oracle Solaris Platform Engineering: X Window System

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