Subject: Re: Strange X11 keyboard problem (was: Re: kernel build failure
To: Matthieu Herrb <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/03/2000 11:55:20
On Mon, 3 Apr 2000, Matthieu Herrb wrote:

# You wrote (in your message from  3)
#  > 
#  > PS. Short summary of our keyboard problem:
#  > 
#  > * i386 -current (from around 1.4P and onwards). But I'm not saying it
#  >   started there, only that WE started there.
#  > 
#  > * Intermittently the keyboard "hangs". Only in X mode.  Most often the
#  >   "hang" implies "no input", but sometimes it hangs in an endless
#  >   repeat of the last key pressed. Shooting down the X server (from
#  >   another machine) fixes it (at a certain cost). When "dead" switching
#  >   virtual terminal doesn't work (no surprise).
#  > 
# Are you using xdm ? In this case you probably have a getty process
# fighting with the X server for server input. 
# You should configure a wscons console for the X server, but not enable
# getty for it in /etc/ttys. 

wskbd mapping will fight for the tty while a standard keyboard mapping
will not.

...although, I must admit, I've had problems with key-repeat and such
when I've run with wskbd with NO console attached.

Oh, and beware:  If you attach a different brand of mouse to your
computer, be sure to re-run xf86config :-) [even if you're using
/dev/wsmouse, you need to re-run it or your kb/mouse will lock up]

BSD, stupid.