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Re: how to add hwdb of keyboard

From: Stefan Huchler
Subject: Re: how to add hwdb of keyboard
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 01:51:42 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

I build a package for it:

(define-module (x220-hwdb)
  #:use-module (guix packages)
  #:use-module (guix download)
  #:use-module (gnu packages compression)
  #:use-module (guix build-system copy)
  #:use-module (guix licenses))

(define-public x220-hwdb
   (name "x220-hwdb")
   (version "1.0")
   (source (origin
            (method url-fetch)
   (build-system copy-build-system)
   (inputs `(("unzip" ,unzip)))
   (synopsis "Bla")
   (description "Bla bla bla")
   (home-page "";)
   (license gpl3+)))

and tried to link it to the expected location:

(service special-files-service-type
                     ,(file-append x220-hwdb "90-X220-keyboard.hwdb"))))

the problem is that the hwdb is compiled but read only, so the file must
basically be there before the eudev package builds this db.

Is there a better way doing this?

Stefan Huchler <> writes:

> I use a custom keyboard layout on one of my laptops:
> I use a hwdb which has the advantage that it works on tty and x11 and
> that it's keyboard specific so if I connect a external keyboard it does
> not swap keys on it.
> I would be ok with giving up the keyboard specific part, I could live
> with X11 only for a start, but I would like to have it in the config.scm
> file configured and not only in some home based modifications.
> Any idea how to do that best in guix, patching a custom my-modified-dvorak
> keyboard-layout into the xkeyboard-config package maybe?

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