preserving illume keyboard on update

Russell Sears sears at
Sat Aug 23 22:06:12 CEST 2008

VictorSigma wrote:
> I currently have the 20080823 openmoko-qtopia-x11-image-om-gta02.jffs2 image
> flashed on my freerunner and it is working great. The problem is that it
> originally comes with the illume keyboard pre-installed but whenever I 'opkg
> update' the keyboard is changed to the qtopia version. Is there anyway to
> preserve the illume keyboard or reinstall it after the update?
> thanks

rasterman explained this already.  qpe (the monolithic binary blob that 
makes phone calls) is hardcoded to start up its own keyboard.  If qpe 
registers its keyboard first, then you don't get the illume one anymore.

I think the fix is to break disable the qpe keyboard somehow.  I've 
tried breaking it's config file, but that crashes qpe, breaking phone 
calls...  I got a bit further than that, and think I found the code (51% 
sure...) that turns the qpe keyboard on, but now I don't have time to 
deal with it anymore.

If you time to mess with it, consider rebuilding qpe with this patch 

the diff:;a=blobdiff;f=src/server/phone/serverinterface/phonelauncher/phonelauncher_illume.cpp;h=405a0b654e9c34a390d18e3466242de5de1cc53d;hp=623258b15a27a969dd8a0926884792936f41103b;hb=5a1a5204e9a4ace32dca98fdfd3b52b75592ee04;hpb=38d2a3923ef46b12279901e5a5dc4c84aeae5d6e

A better approach would add a config option to turn qpe's keyboard off. 
The long-term goal is to replace it with the illume one, but OM will be 
supporting the qpe keyboard in the near-term...


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