Backspace when i hit 5 key.

Denes Molnar molnard "at" phys.columbia.edu
Tue, 14 Nov 2000 18:16:50 +0000


Hi,


This is exactly what I said. Redhat 6.2's default xmodmap setting has
5->backspace. What I do not understand, however, is why

  1) it does not affect a Redhat 6.2's key map (afterall 5 != backspace
     for all the many users using redhat, just like me)
  2) setxkbmap does not work under Xvnc.


Denes Molnar


On Tue, 14 Nov 2000, Tim Waugh wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 09, 2000 at 01:11:45PM -0600, Tom Hancock wrote:
> 
> > This is a horrible hack, I know, but until I learn exactly what's
> > going on here this is the best I can do.  I *think* it has something
> > to do with SlickEdit being statically bound to the Motif libraries
> > (?).  If you (or anybody) can shed some more light on this, I would
> > appreciate it.
> 
> Okay, I have dug a little deeper into this.
> 
> On my Red Hat Linux 6.2 system here, if I start a VNC server and
> use a VNC viewer on it, pressing the '5' key produces a '5'.
> 
> If I, inside the VNC session, run 'xmodmap /etc/X11/xinit/Xmodmap',
> '5' will now act as backspace.
> 
> /etc/X11/xinit/Xmodmap contains:
> 
> keycode 22 = BackSpace
> 
> (and nothing else), and Xmodmap gets read by the xinitrc stuff.  As a
> consequence, starting the server with 'vncserver' works fine, but
> starting it by putting ':1 local /usr/bin/Xvnc :1' in
> /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers causes 5 to act like backspace.
> 
> If you start vncserver and do 'xmodmap -pk | less' you will see why
> this happens..
> 
>     KeyCode     Keysym (Keysym) ...
>     Value       Value   (Name)  ...
> 
> [...]
>      17         0x0030 (0)      0x0029 (parenright)
>      18         0x0031 (1)      0x0021 (exclam)
>      19         0x0032 (2)      0x0040 (at)
>      20         0x0033 (3)      0x0023 (numbersign)
>      21         0x0034 (4)      0x0024 (dollar)
>      22         0x0035 (5)      0x0025 (percent)
>      23         0x0036 (6)      0x005e (asciicircum)
> [...]
> 
> But why the keycodes are set up like this in the VNC server I'm not
> quite sure..
> 
> I just checked on a Red Hat Linux 7 system, and the default Xmodmap
> file (in /etc/X11/Xmodmap) has no non-comment lines, so this all works
> fine, and the 5-is-backspace problem doesn't happen.
> 
> Tim.
> */
> 
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