ASU Keyboard yet again

Michael Sheldon mike at
Thu Jul 24 21:30:56 CEST 2008

Jeff Tickle wrote:
> 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?

  I'm fine with you linking to them, plenty of spare bandwidth ;)


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