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Bug 582016 - x11-misc/sddm should have LINGUAS options
Summary: x11-misc/sddm should have LINGUAS options
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: LxQt maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-05-03 20:20 UTC by Tobias Leupold
Modified: 2017-11-12 15:12 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Tobias Leupold 2016-05-03 20:20:15 UTC
When installing the current sddm, only the US keyboard layout is provided. To get another one, one has to (after finding out _what_ to do ;-) edit /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup and add a line like "setxkbmap de" (to get e. g. a German keyboard layout) manually.

I think this should be done automatically using the LINGUAS set in make.conf when the package is being emerged (or in some other way – at least, one should find the keyboard layout the current locale has out of the box).

Would be fine if this could be implemented!
Comment 1 Andreas Sturmlechner gentoo-dev 2016-05-03 20:47:34 UTC
Isn't it picking up what you have configured for X?
Comment 2 Tobias Leupold 2016-05-03 20:55:23 UTC
No, I think this is applied afterwards (or: do we even configure anything for X? At some point quite some time ago, an xorg.conf wasn't necessary anymore where I put the keyboard layout stuff back then).

Apparently, other distros have the same problem. At least, I found the solution with editing /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup on some Arch site.
Comment 3 Lars Wendler (Polynomial-C) gentoo-dev 2016-05-04 07:26:55 UTC
This is quite likely the following sddm bug:

And I don't think that using LINGUAS here does make any sense. What about users having multiple languages set in LINGUAS?
Comment 4 Tobias Leupold 2016-05-04 12:04:21 UTC
Afaik, one can add multipler setxkbmap calls to get multiple layouts.
Comment 5 Tobias Leupold 2016-07-22 07:10:42 UTC
I think Bug #571358 is exactly the same feature request, it's just another approach to get the same result. Protecting /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup when updating/recompiling would be quite as fine for me.

However, I think simply adding "setxkbmap $L10N", where $L10N is the respective setting from make.conf, would do the trick automagically and work just fine.

Or is there any (X11 config) file where one could set the setxkbmap parameters system-wide that could be sourced by /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup?
Comment 6 Tobias Leupold 2016-07-22 07:14:05 UTC
... or better:

for languageCode in $L10N; do setxkbmap $languageCode; done

to also handle multiple entries there correctly.
Comment 7 Tobias Leupold 2017-09-14 08:15:02 UTC
Another way to fix this is (like with the fix for the cross distcc setup):


    case ${CATEGORY}/${PN} in
            if [ "${EBUILD_PHASE}" == "postinst" ]; then
                /usr/local/sbin/sddm-fix &

to /etc/portage/bashrc and create /usr/local/sbin/sddm-fix with

    grep "setxkbmap de" /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup || \
        echo "setxkbmap de" >> /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup

But still, it would be nicer to have this done automatically, respecting the global language settings.
Comment 8 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2017-11-12 15:12:28 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 1102f3773398797d55a888129351e46c2ce2cb46
Author:     Andreas Sturmlechner <>
AuthorDate: 2017-11-12 13:24:38 +0000
Commit:     Andreas Sturmlechner <>
CommitDate: 2017-11-12 15:12:04 +0000

    x11-misc/sddm: Use l10n.eclass to filter translations
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.13, Repoman-2.3.4

 x11-misc/sddm/sddm-0.16.0-r3.ebuild | 73 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 73 insertions(+)}