Keyboard layout with -kb option for XWin

Mikael Johansson
Wed Nov 22 12:37:00 GMT 2006

Hello All!

I need to use the -kb option when starting Cygwin/X, as otherwise my 
keypresses don't go through to for example the XMakeMol program on a 
remote host (most programs do work OK, however). So my start command in 
startxwin.bat is:

   %RUN% XWin -multiwindow -clipboard -silent-dup-error -kb

and at the same time I start an xterm with the standard:

   %RUN% xterm -e /usr/bin/bash -l

Now the problem: I would like to use a Finnish keyboard layout in the 
xterm window. Is there any way to do that, and have the -kb option 
specified? The main use would be to use 'ssh' from the xterm to remote 
machines, and be able to use my keyboard normally. 'setxkbmap' complains 
"XKB extension not present", which is understandable :-)

With external SSH-clients like PuTTY is works well, so the X-server 
itself is apparently capable of handling both 8-bit Finnish layout and the 
-kb option.

Any help appreciated, have a nice day,
     Mikael J.

Mikael Johansson, application specialist, science support, chemistry
CSC - IT Center for Science, P.O. Box 405, FI-02101 Espoo, Finland
Tel.: +358-9-457 2934,, e-mail:

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