[Pkg-mc-devel] MC eats my keyboard :-(

Andreas Tille andreas at an3as.eu
Fri Jun 22 12:06:13 UTC 2012


before I try to report my suspicion as a bug report I would like to
discuss this here on the list because I really can not believe what

It occured to me now two times yesterday and two times today that my
keyboard became unusable like a pure brick.  No key worked any more not
even things like NumLock.  At first I suspected a broken keyboard but
this was OK.  Mouse worked perfectly also network connection.

I now realised that *all* these occurences happened when marking a block
inside internal mc editor for cut-n-pasting using <Shift>-Mouse (so not
the internal editor block but usual X cut-n-paste).

When my suspicion about a guilty mc arised I did a "killall mc" over an
ssh connection but the keyboard did not come back.  The "mildest" way to
recover the keyboard (as alternative to a complete reboot) was to
`/etc/init.d/gdm3 restart`.  After this everything went back to normal.

Now the question is: Is it reasonable to declare mc guilty for this
problem or is there some other possibly cause.  As I said all four
occurences were when working in mc ... but considering my heavy usage of
it the statistical chances are quite high for this.  The effect is
really not reproducible - so I can usually work nicely and the breakage
happens just randomly.

Any idea?

Kind regards



-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (501, 'testing'), (50, 'unstable'), (5, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages mc depends on:
ii  e2fslibs      1.42.4-3
ii  libc6         2.13-33
ii  libcomerr2    1.42.4-3
ii  libglib2.0-0  2.32.3-1
ii  libgpm2       1.20.4-6
ii  libslang2     2.2.4-10
ii  mc-data       3:4.8.3-2

Versions of packages mc recommends:
ii  mime-support  3.52-1
ii  perl          5.14.2-11
ii  unzip         6.0-6

Versions of packages mc suggests:
ii  arj                  3.10.22-10
ii  bzip2                1.0.6-3
ii  catdvi               0.14-12.1
ii  dbview               1.0.4-1
ii  djvulibre-bin
ii  evince [pdf-viewer]  3.4.0-2+b1
ii  file                 5.11-1
pn  gv                   <none>
ii  imagemagick          8:
ii  links                2.6-2
ii  lynx                 2.8.8dev.12-2
ii  odt2txt              0.4+git20100620-1+b1
ii  python               2.7.3~rc2-1
pn  python-boto          <none>
ii  python-tz            2012c-1
ii  w3m                  0.5.3-8
ii  zip                  3.0-5

-- no debconf information

More information about the Pkg-mc-devel mailing list