Re: i386 AT keyboard LED question.

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On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, Nick Warne wrote:

> On Monday 20 February 2006 20:24, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 08:03:26PM +0000, Nick Warne wrote:
>>> Hi Vojtech,
>>> I wondered why numlock LED goes off during boot process, even though I
>>> ask BIOS to turn on;
> ~snip~
>> Some old notebooks forget them on, which makes the keyboard unusable -
>> you get '4' instead of 'u', etc.
> Understand.  I never thought of that!
>> We can't read the LED state anyway (except for going to the BIOS data
>> structures, which isn't reasonable from the atkbd driver), and we need
>> to initialize it, so off is the safer default.
>> Further, this has been the behavior of Linux since it was first
>> implemented, and thus, in my rewrite of the keyboard handling, I didn't
>> change it.
> Thanks for detailed reply - I see now, and didn't know any of this.
>> It's trivial to change the default lock state in init scripts / xdm
>> config / X config, too.
> I boot into init 3, so as I don't reboot much, I always forget to turn numlock
> back on when logging in [failed] - hence the question.
> I will look at a local fix rather than a patch for kernel.
> Thanks again,
> Nick

In .. /etc/rc.d/rc.local
 	/usr/bin/setleds -num /dev/tty0 (or whatever)

Dick Johnson
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