ASU Keyboard yet again

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at
Thu Jul 24 19:13:41 CEST 2008

On Thu, 24 Jul 2008 17:18:52 +0100 Michael Sheldon <mike at> babbled:

> Jeff Tickle wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > 
> > I just installed the ASU daily build from buildhost yesterday (23 Jul),
> > and there doesn't seem to be an on-screen keyboard.
> > 
> > I've been doing a lot of searching around to find out what's up with
> > the keyboard.  I know that it was added as a 'qwerty' button, and then
> > removed because the devs want it to automatically appear when there's
> > text to enter and automatically disappear appropriately.  I'd
> > personally prefer the manual mode, but I can understand why someone
> > would want this done automatically.
> > 
> > Problem for me is that the keyboard never automatically pops up.  I
> > know this isn't an isolated incident, as this bug report exists:
> >
> > 
> > Of course there's a mention of using some ASU image from
> > instead of, but I can't
> > find anything ASU-related after sometime in May on the downloads site.
>   I had the same issue, the problem is that buildhost isn't building ASU 
> packages from the ASU dev git tree (I'd guess because it's mostly aimed 
> at people running 2007.02). What you need to do is change your opkg 
> feeds to use 
> which has all the new packages (including an updated version of qpe with 
> keyboard support enabled). You can download the correct config files from:
>   Just move /etc/opkg to /etc/opkg-backup then unpack that to /etc, 
> then: opkg update && opkg upgrade && /etc/init.d/xserver-nodm restart
>   The keyboard should now pop up automatically when text areas request it.
> > I tried editing the
> > file /usr/share/enlightenment/data/themes/illume.edj and setting
> > 'visible: 1' under the 'part { name: "kbdtext"' section, but that
> > caused the whole UI to be useless (looks like this file is some sort of
> > compiled binary, I couldn't find any information on it.)
> > 
> > So, in short: what is up with the keyboard?
>   You can grab an illume theme with the qwerty button restored from:
>   Just drop that in to /usr/share/enlightenment/data/themes/ (note that 
> you'll need to overwrite it again each time illume-theme is updated though).

you can also drop it in:


and no need to worry about overwrites... BUT theme updates wont happen (eg i
add new theme elements illume needs) so.. beware. you are playing with stuff in
progress. :)

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) <raster at>

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