XWin freezes on xkbcomp
Mon Jul 6 17:38:00 GMT 2009
I only say that this is a "big" problem because it cripples my ability
to run cygwin/X. I guess I'm surprised no one else has reported this,
because I haven't done anything unusual (that I know of).
Yes, my *working* installation is a bit older.
I use the dvorak layout (not trying to be secretive).
Setxkbmap was not installed (missing dependency in setup?). So, I
installed it, but the problem persisted.
After starting XWin and killing the hung process, I am able to run the
command you suggested, but it just causes another hung XWin process to
If I run an X client (xfontsel, rxvt, etc), THEN run the setxkbmap
command, it works! But as soon as I kill the last X client window, X is
frozen again with that hung process.
If I wait, X does eventually come back, but it seems to take about 5
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon TURNEY [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 11:40 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Cc: Zdrojewski, Tye
> Subject: Re: XWin freezes on xkbcomp
> On 02/07/2009 19:08, Zdrojewski, Tye wrote:
> > After recently reinstalling cygwin, XWin freezes when I try to run
> > There are two XWin processes running when it is frozen. When the
> > process with the smaller memory footprint was killed, the following
> > into the log, and it appeared to unfreeze for a moment.
> > (EE) XKB: Could not invoke xkbcomp
> > (EE) XKB: Couldn't compile keymap
> > (WW) Couldn't load XKB keymap, falling back to pre-XKB keymap
> > I started XWin with the -kb option, which stopped the freezing, but
> > don't use the standard US keyboard, so this isn't really on option
> > me.
> I suggest you test if you can run xkbcomp at all, e.g.
> xkbcomp --help
> setxkbmap de -print | xkbcomp -w3 -xkm - localhost:0.0
> (replace 'de' with the secret keyboard layout you want to use)
> > I also notice that /etc/X11/xkb/ is not there, along with several
> > directories that ARE there on another PC with a working cygwin
> > $ ls /etc/X11
> > app-defaults/ system.XWinrc* xinit/
> This is normal
> > Seems like there ought to be more there, because this is what that
> > looks like on the working install:
> > app-defaults/ fs/ lbxproxy/ proxymngr/ rstart/ twm/ xdm/
> > xkb/ xserver/ xsm/
> This looks like an older (pre-X11R7.4) installation (or has
> over from an older installation. For all I know that xkb/ is empty
> > This seems like a BIG problem. Hopefully this is something already
> > being worked on or already fixed.
> I think you are the only person who has reported a problem like this,
> afraid I can't agree with any of those statements.
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