Recent linux kernel bug causing problem for xkbcomp

James Cloos cloos at
Tue Jan 24 18:44:34 PST 2012

>>>>> "w" == walt  <w41ter at> writes:

w> Hi team.  I'm trying to debug a recent commit to Linus's git repo
w> that causes startx to halt with a complaint that it can't write a
w> .xkm file to /var/lib/xkb.

I saw that after an update to everything, but didn't have time to track
it down to a specific change.

I made that dir g+w and chgrp(1)ed it to video (seemed close enough),
to which each X11-using user already belonged.  The server started
working again.

Chmod 1777 might also be a resonable choice.

James Cloos <cloos at>         OpenPGP: 1024D/ED7DAEA6

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