ASU Keyboard yet again

Jeff Tickle jtickle at
Thu Jul 24 20:27:15 CEST 2008

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

> 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).

ASU is AWESOME once it's working properly.  Thanks so much!

I'd like to put this on the Wiki.  Is it okay if I link directly to
those files, or is there some way we can upload such arbitrary files to
the current wiki?


Jeff Tickle - 828-262-7123
Operations and Systems Analyst
Electronic Student Services
Appalachian State University

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