Bug 33670 - rules/*.xml allow unsupported model/layout combinations
Summary: rules/*.xml allow unsupported model/layout combinations
Alias: None
Product: xkeyboard-config
Classification: Unclassified
Component: General (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PowerPC All
: medium normal
Assignee: xkb
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Reported: 2011-01-28 12:41 UTC by Anton Zinoviev
Modified: 2018-12-28 00:36 UTC (History)
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Description Anton Zinoviev 2011-01-28 12:41:13 UTC
Keyboard configuration programs use /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/*.xml file in order to find the possible models, layouts, variants.  Unfortunately some Macintosh-related combination are not supported.  For example the following logical choice is not supported: keyboard model 'macintosh' ("Macintosh"), layout 'de' ("Germany") and variant 'mac_nodeadkeys' ("Germany - Macintosh, eliminate dead keys").

The reason for this is that when the user selects model 'macintosh' and layout 'de' the file /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/macintosh_vndr/de is used instead of /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/de and there is no mac_nodeadkeys there.  As a result the keyboard is leaved in a bad state.

I suppose that one possible fix for this problem would be to ignore the files in macintosh_vndr.  The standard files in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols describe all Mac-layouts so there is no need to use the files in macintosh_vndr.
Comment 1 Sergey V. Udaltsov 2011-01-28 13:13:49 UTC
Actually it is not about .xml file - which, as you correctly noted, does not allow things like "combination of model M and layout/variant LV is forbidden". The problem is in the rules, which are using macintoch_vndr subdirectory (look, for example, at usage of $macvendorlayouts in rules/base.ml_s.part)

The thing is that some layouts are really mac-specific

> The standard files in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols describe all Mac-layouts
What makes you think so? As far as I know that's not the case.

Anyway, I realize that the problem exists. I just do not know any real solution that would make happy everybody and would be manageable. Please suggest
Comment 2 GitLab Migration User 2018-12-28 00:36:33 UTC
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