/usr/share/x11/xkb/symbols/fi: AltGr problem

Martin-Éric Racine martin-eric.racine at iki.fi
Mon Aug 20 14:08:01 UTC 2012

2012/8/20 Troy Korjuslommi <tjk at tksoft.com>:
> I actually filed the same bug a couple of years ago, as I recall. The
> behavior is the same, so no change seems to have taken place.
> Some debugging notes first. Always try X11 apps first, to see if the
> problem is with X11. If X11 works, then the problem is with something on
> top of X11, usually GTK or KDE.
> The problem with X11 can be with a number of things such as the key
> symbols .h file, the Compose file, or the actual file for the specific
> keyboard.
> In this case, I tried entering U+0111 (Altgr-§-d) with xkb-data version
> 1.8-2 on debian stable, and xkb-data version 2.5-1ubuntu1.3 on the
> latest desktop ubuntu. I got the same results on both.
> If you try X11 (xterm, xev) everything works. Same for KDE (kaffeine et
> al).
> If you open gnome-terminal or some other gnome app, you will first get
> only a plain d. To rule out font problems, paste § to the gnome app. It
> should show up just fine.
> The solution is to change to the XIM input method. You can do this from
> the right mouse button for some apps, but for others you have to fiddle
> with the input settings globally. Once XIM is set as the input method,
> you get your Islandic đ.
> The behavior is obviously still wrong. GTK apps should work without the
> users having to fiddle with their input method settings. All input
> methods (at least the default one) should understand all correct input.
> However, I hope the above demonstrated conclusively that the problem is
> not with X11 or its configurations. The problem lies with input methods
> other than XIM when using GTK.

I'm begining to wonder if GTK3 or GNOME3 maintain their own
(presumably outdated) copies of the xkb-data keymaps? At least, what
is shown whenever selecting "Show keyboard map" from the keyboard
applet in gnome-shell doesn't quite match what I'm supposed to be
using (fi-Kotoistus keymap), which might explain other problems such
as this unability to generate D-slash or L-slash using only compose
sequences from the Kotoistus keymap within GNOME applications.


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