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Re: Keymapping problems again.

Subject: Re: Keymapping problems again.
From: "chris glur"
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:20:28 +0200
 gmail or any web-mail is crap ! US-infinite-frontier/no-economy view !
I have to pay extra dial-up fees to check If I've already posted a mail.

[email protected] wrote:
>I had this problem some time ago and finally did some I-forget-what
>kind of magic to deal with it. This time it is really weird, because the
>problem does not affect all users. What was the "cause" of the problem is
>that I ran out of disk space, upgraded to a much larger hard drive, and
>while I was at it I upgraded the operating system from Slackware-12.0 to
>Slackware-current, which appears to me to be in the last stages before
>the next release. I did the upgrade in part because there were a rather
>huge number of security patches to apply, in any event.
>Here is the problem:
>1. Start up X (fvwm2, no fancy desktop) as a user.
>2. Open an xterm and start MC. No problems. Everything nice.
>3. In an xterm, do "su" and give the password to do a root session in that
>Then, in the root window only, the Alt key followed by a keystroke (Alt-s
for search the directory, for example) will print a funny character at the
>command line and otherwise will not do what it is supposed to do. As I
>said, this does not happen if one is a user. Moreover, the Cntrl key has
>taken over the abilities of the Alt key in addition to its own. For
>example, Cntrl-s will permit the downward search of the directory, and
>Cntrl-Enter will bring something down to the command line now, instead of
>Alt-Enter, which does not work. Again, all of these things continue to
>work as they should if one is a user, in the same X session.

! Wow, this is BAD!
I've run mc on mulinux, slak3, rh6.2, madrk9.1, FC1 and never had
such problems. You should 'step back to known territory'.
So it works OK in VT mode ?

Recently I tried to install slak-12 because I'd fetched the *tgz
for wine, and old slak-3 was OK.  I've shelved slak-12, after
weird symptoms, which you won't believe: after booting
'somewhat', I can't boot my other partitions/installations
without first going to boot Win98 and then RH6.2.

It's a BAD idea to be using the bleeding edge version !
BTW I've tried non-root login, just to say I've been there,
but the continual maintenance needed makes it intolerable
to use, for me.

== Chris Glur.
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