Xnest and keyboard layout

Alexander Gottwald alexander.gottwald@s1999.tu-chemnitz.de
Mon Oct 4 09:12:00 GMT 2004

On Mon, 4 Oct 2004, Ariel Burbaickij wrote:

> Hello dear fellow mailing list subscribers,
> keyboard layouts differ between host
> X server and Xnest server (I am not
> very familiar with what is called "
> default English layout" but I think
> it is what Xnest uses, so obviously
> host Xserver does not use it ;-).
> QUestion is: Where does Xnest
> take it keyboard layout from?

it is configured either via a strange commandline 
parameter -xkbmap or after start you can just 
call "setxkbmap layoutcode" in xnest to set the 

> Should be the same source that
> caters also for host Xserver or
> not

-xkbmap is a parameter which is supported by all XKB
enabled xservers. But the parameter requires a compiled
keymap (see xkbcomp) so XWin and Xorg use a different
scheme where the keymap is compiled at startup from
a textual description.

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