[ubuntu-x] Using console-setup's keyboard setup for HAL and xorg input-hotplug

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Wed Aug 6 01:22:29 BST 2008

On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 12:36:33PM +0300, Timo Aaltonen wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Aug 2008, Julien Cristau wrote:
> >On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 13:46:07 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> >>Colin and I had a discussion yesterday regarding the idea of reusing the
> >>console-setup keyboard settings with the xorg keyboard input-hotplug
> >>stuff in HAL.  The idea is that this script would be run from
> >>xorg-server.postinst.
> >
> >AIUI these settings could be useful for something other than
> >xorg-server (at least in theory), wouldn't it make sense to run this in
> >hal.postinst instead?
> Discussed this briefly with Martin Pitt, who is the HAL maintainer in 
> Ubuntu. The postinst is somewhat problematic, because it would mean 
> reconfiguring the package whenever the settings have been changed. So, he 
> proposed to run it in the hal initscript. Hacky, but would fix that issue.

I don't think there's any need to force console and X keyboard
configuration to be in sync. They have been separate since the dawn of
time, with X's configuration simply being initialised from the console
configuration performed in the installer and then left to go its own

I think it would be fine to continue this tradition (arguably imperfect
though it is) and just copy over console configuration from
/etc/default/console-setup to HAL once when the hal package is

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

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