[arch-releng] [RFC] Adding keymap remap support at syslinux stage for archiso

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar
Fri Sep 2 17:50:46 EDT 2011

On 09/02/2011 07:38 AM, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
> On Fri, 02 Sep 2011 01:33:18 -0300
> Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi<vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar>  wrote:
>> Hello
>> I am working on this now, the support is very basic, but I think the
>> most important symbols are remapped.
>> I created a scripts that generated *.ktl files from [kbd] package
>> using keytab-lilo. I also patch this program in this script, so can
>> use map thats needs unicode.
>> https://gist.github.com/1187908
>> In some cases we have:
>>       * two maps versions one non-unicode and other unicode.
>>       * Non-unicode and other unicode but them are the same (keep with
>> one)
>>       * one map non-unicode only
>>       * one map unicode only
>>       * nothing because conversion fails.
>> The script also makes syslinux submenus (in a really basic way, no
>> fancy titles), also converts filenames to be more ISO-9660 friendly.
>> So the steps to implements this are:
>>       * Make a package from generated files from the script.
>>       * Install this package in build.sh
>>       * Copy kbdmap/ directory (from installed package) to syslinux/
>> directory.
>>       * Add to syslinux.cfg these lines:
>> ---------
>> MENU BEGIN kbdmap
>>     MENU LABEL Change Keyboard Map
>>     INCLUDE kbdmap/kbdmap.cfg
>> ---------
>> After you selected the desired keymap, syslinux drops to boot:
>> prompt, just hitting enter, returns to main menu (do in this way for
>> now, at least at this moment I can not find a way that does not reset
>> keyboard remap)
> is it possible to also use the same keymap during initcpio, and in the real userspace, if a choice is made in syslinux?
> Dieter
No, this only works in syslinux. There is no know way to pass 
automagically some argument to kernel so can be used later at 

Indeed in my first version I used "config blah.cfg" insteads of 
submenus, but this does not work, keyboard remap does not persist inside 
syslinux. The solution is using submenus. For example if you want to go 
back main menu instead of droping to boot: prompt. the remap is back to 
default. (I talked about this in #syslinux channel @freenode with 
syslinux guys).

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
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