[sclug] XKB Questions + Oldest (supported) Debian

Sebastian Malcolm sebastian.malcolm at gmail.com
Wed May 7 03:28:18 UTC 2008

Hi Jason,
I wouldn't run any version of Debian older than current stable version
4.0r3, codenamed *etch* :

There may be people clinging onto using *oldstable*; currently, this is
version 3.1, code name *sarge* but as of last month that's not receiving
official security updates so please don't package anything for an
unsupported version of Debian (unless someone pays you? *grin*)
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian_Linux#Releases

I have an old Thinkpad with Dapper Drake installed (and some Backports) that
I shall be *reinstalling* to Hardy Heron. For your reference to XKB on older
(but supported) distributions, here is my "ls -l" output for Ubuntu's Dapper
Drake release:

smalcolm at thinkpad:/etc/X11/xkb/rules$ ll
total 813
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     91 Mar 21  2006 README
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  37324 Mar 21  2006 base
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  19727 May 18  2006 base.lst
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 749522 May 18  2006 base.xml
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   3246 Mar 21  2006 sgi
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   2341 Mar 21  2006 sun
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      4 Jun 29  2006 xfree86 -> base
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      8 Jun 29  2006 xfree86.lst -> base.lst
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      8 Jun 29  2006 xfree86.xml -> base.xml
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    781 Mar 21  2006 xfree98
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    840 Mar 21  2006 xkb.dtd
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      4 Jun 29  2006 xorg -> base
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      8 Jun 29  2006 xorg.lst -> base.lst
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      8 Jun 29  2006 xorg.xml -> base.xml
smalcolm at thinkpad:/etc/X11/xkb/rules$ cat README
This directory lists sets of rules which can be used to obtain an exact XKB


P.S. I'm emailing at 4.30am UTC time because I'm safely back in Perth for a
few months (so *hi* to everyone that recall seeing me say *bye* at a SCLUG
meeting a couple of months ago).

2008/5/6 Jason Rivers <jason.rivers at gmail.com>:

> Hi all.
> I've written some XKB extensions for APL Characters, and have worked out
> how
> to set this up on Ubuntu, and on Suse, but I have some questions.
> I have to edit 3 files:
> /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base
> /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst
> /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.xml
> however, on Ubuntu linux, the base.xml file is actually a symbolic link to
> /etc/X11/xkb/base.xml
> can people just let me know if this is true on other distributions, just a
> post of your Linux distribution / version and the output of an ls -l on
> the
> rules directory would be greatly appreciated. - mainly I need to know
> about
> Debian (which should have downloaded by tomorrow for testing) and RedHat
> aswell, as this is what most of our customers will be using.
> also I'm wondering what the oldest supported version of Debian is - or
> what
> people would generally use (on servers aswell as workstations - though
> workstations for the "user" tend to be more up to date) - this is for
> building the DEB packages without running into too many issues on the
> older
> versions.
> Jason.

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