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Build 55 UK keyboard oddity

December 23, 2006

Build 55 hit my laptop yesterday and the first thing I noticed was that the keyboard type was all wrong. It seemed to think this was a US keyboard which makes life hard thanks to not being able to find the “|” or for that matter the quotes. More to the point it was going to make the thank you letter to my boss saying “Thank you for the £100,000 bonus” really hard to write (I can dream).

A bit of digging and it was cured by setting the “keyboard-layout” setting in the eeprom (which is not really an eeprom at all on x86):

#  eeprom keyboard-layout=UK-English 

It was a shame it was not a completely seamless upgrade as I was feeling quite pleased with myself as I had upgraded the home server and remembered to update the /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf file before activating the new BE, only to discover that I also had to edit the httpd-ssl.conf file in the same directory to disable all thoughts of SSL. Then on the laptop I remembered to put the /etc/X11/gdm/custom.conf file in place before switching so that there is a Shutdown button on the launch menu so had it not been for the keyboard layout this would have been a perfect upgrade.

However I did forget to rescue the my nfsmapid and it’s config files. Now that is done NFS is happy again. I have actually found things that break without it (as oppose to just look broken). Using ACLs would leave me unable to read directories that I should be able to (it contains things that due to Christmas should not be read by one person).

Tags: topic:[keyboard] topic:[opensolaris] topic:[nfs]


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