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xsetnumlock - set the numlock key
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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Feb 2007, 21:17    Post subject:  xsetnumlock - set the numlock key
Subject description: Toggles the X windows numlock state
 

xsetnumlock

Toggles the X windows numlock state

Put in /root/.xinitrc if you want to change the state of the numlock key when X windows starts.

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/downloads/files/numlock.txt
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gdemonta


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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2007, 10:42    Post subject:  

I am just putting in the post the fact that the line to add in xinitrc is:
Code:
/usr/bin/numlockx on

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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2007, 21:24    Post subject:  

actually, i think the program in this package is the tiny program on the linuxfromscratch.org page under

2.4. COMPILING A LITTLE PROGRAM YOURSELF

it does not turn on the numlock key, it toggles whatever state it is in ... the "on" option is for a different program, numlockx

so whether you put

xsetnumlock

or

xsetnumlock on

in .xinitrc, i don't think it should make any difference

numlockx will not work, because that program was not included in this package
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jun 2007, 04:19    Post subject:  

Ok thanks GuesToo,
I read it a little hastily!! And without trying it, which is worse. I'll report back when I try it.
Guillaume

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Leon

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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jun 2007, 08:03    Post subject:  

NumLockX 1.1

I hope it will be a part of Puppy someday.

(C) 2000-2001 Lubos Lunak <l.lunak@kde.org>
(C) 2001 Oswald Buddenhagen <ossi@kde.org>

Usage
numlockx [on|off]
on - turns NumLock on in X ( default )
off - turns NumLock off in X
toggle - toggles the NumLock on and off in X

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Compiled in Puppy and compressed with upx, 6072 bytes, attached as numlockx.bin-1.1.tar.gz file to this post

Installation
1. Unpack attached numlockx.bin-1.1.tar.gz file with >Utility>XArchive archiver and save numlockx file to:

/usr/X11R6/bin

2. Insert this line at the beginning of /root/.xinitrc file if you want to turn NumLock on:

/usr/X11R6/bin/numlockx

Source
http://ktown.kde.org/~seli/numlockx/
http://ktown.kde.org/~seli/numlockx/numlockx-1.1.tar.gz
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Lambo

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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 08:00    Post subject: set numlock key  

Hi
I also would like to have the numlock key set to ON when booting, but due to my lack of knowledge of Linux, cannot understand the instructions. I am using Puppy 2.16. I've downloaded numlockx-1.1.tar.gz and unpacked and added it to /usr/X11R6/bin. Fine so far - but where do I find /root/.xinitrc? File search comes up negative. This is where my ignorance shows! Thanks for any help.
Pete
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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 10:47    Post subject:  

the file you want to edit is .xinitrc in /root ... files that begin with a . character are hidden files

1) click the Home icon on the desktop

2) Click the Show Hidden Files button on the top of the Rox filer window (the eye)

3) right click the file .xinitrc then click Open As Text

4) add the line:

numlockx on

add the line somewhere before (above) #exec $CURRENTWM ... but don't make it the first line of the file
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Lambo

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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 11:04    Post subject:  

Hi GuestToo - thanks for info on finding hidden files - entered line numlockx on as directed, but so far no numlock. I guess I've done something wrong somewhere, so back to the beginning and start again....All part of the learning curve.
Pete
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 11:14    Post subject:  

it should work when you restart X windows

it's possible that you need to set the execute permissions on the file ... right click it in /usr/X11R6/bin, click Properties, then check the boxes in the Exec column (for Owner, Group, and World) ... that should allow the program to be executable

the whole idea behind dotpup packages is to avoid newbies needing to know about tar, the file system, the executable and library paths, permissions, and so on ... the idea is to just download the dotpup file and click it to install it, similar to installing a program in Windows
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 23:05    Post subject:  

Another vote for default in all versions of Puppy. Nothing worse than my keyboard lying to me saying I have numlock on and having to press it 3 times to get it on.
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul 2007, 23:29    Post subject:  

Quote:
having to press it 3 times

i seem to remember that Xvesa does not work well with the xkb extension, and causes the caps lock and numlock keys to require 4 presses to cycle

you can disable the xkb extension by adding the X option -kb ... i seem to remember that fixes the problem with 4 presses per cycle, but i don't think numlockx works without the xkb extension ... i don't know whether xsetnumlock in my package requires the xkb extension or not

there used to be a GTK bug that required the xkb extension to be enabled as a workaround ... entering text would switch back and forth between left-to-right and right-to-left mode ... maybe that bug has been fixed ... or maybe it hasn't ... if you disable the xkb extension and the bug still exists, it will be very obvious
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 04:43    Post subject:  

Hi GuestToo - tried your suggestions but no luck. I think there should be a new section of this forum - Completely Clueless - as the Beginners bit is too advanced for me....Oh well, I'll carry on pressing the numlock key manually until I gain a bit more knowledge.
Thanks
Pete
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Leon

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 05:33    Post subject:  

Lambo wrote:
I think there should be a new section of this forum - Completely Clueless - as the Beginners bit is too advanced for me....Oh well, I'll carry on pressing the numlock key manually until I gain a bit more knowledge.

Click the 'console' icon on the desktop to open Rxvt terminal window and type the command in it:
Code:
numlockx

and press Enter. This command should turn Num Lock on immediately. Otherwise an error message should be displayed in terminal window.
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 11:54    Post subject:  

Hi Leon
This is what I get:

sh-3.00# numlockx
sh:numlockx: command not found

So thanks but still a problem somewhere. I notice that the downloaded program numlockx1.1 is what I would call a folder, not a file - or am I talking Microsoft here? Where is the "exe" file?
Thanks for help
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Leon

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul 2007, 15:39    Post subject:  

Lambo wrote:
I notice that the downloaded program numlockx1.1 is what I would call a folder, not a file - or am I talking Microsoft here? Where is the "exe" file?
Thanks for help
Pete

Pete,
At first, thank you for your reports. I'm sorry, it was my fault. The file attached to my post was wrong. It was the source package and not the binary file.
I edited my post sent on Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:03 am and attached the right file to it.

Please do this:

1. Delete the file or folder that you downloaded.
2. Download numlockx.bin-1.1.tar.gz file attached to my post sent on Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:03 am.
3. Unpack numlockx.bin-1.1.tar.gz file with >Menu >Utility>XArchive archiver and save 'numlockx' file to:

/usr/X11R6/bin

4. Click the 'console' icon on the desktop to open Rxvt terminal window and type the numlockx command in it:
Code:
numlockx

to verify if the numlockx command works..
5. Click >Menu >Shutdown >Restart X server to verify if the numlockx command works when X server starts.

I'm in some kind the same situation as you. GuestToo is right. I really have to learn how to make dotpup packages.
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