Keyboard layout problems with Sun Ray Connector for VMware VDM

[originally posted by Sarah Fortune 24-Feb-09]

There have been a couple of problems reported with international keyboards and the Sun Ray Connector for VMware VDM.

Some of the issues are:

  • Inability to enter characters that require Alt Gr combinations
  • When numlock is enabled the Enter, backspace and arrow keys don't work
  • In the Windows session, the keyboard is mapped as US

The first two are caused by a problem with Java and xkb. The solution is either to turn of the xkb extensions using this command '/opt/SUNWut/bin/utxconfig -k off' in the kiosk script: /etc/opt/SUNWkio/sessions/vdm/vdm. Using Java 6 also solves these problems, (you will need the Java 6 update 12 JDK, other versions can cause problems). You may need to change the kiosk script to point to the correct Java install. Change the line 'theJavaExec=/usr/java/bin/java' to point to the new location.

The third problem is due to the locale not being set for the windows session. You can set it in two ways. In the Sun Ray web administration go to Advanced > Kiosk Mode > Edit and enter the correct value for Locale. Or you can pass the locale as an argument to the kiosk script. On the same page add the argument -l <locale> after the double dashes.

The names of the locales can be found here. These solutions assume that everyone on the site is using the same keyboard layout. Other configurations will require some extra changes to the kiosk script, that's left as an exercise to the reader.

Thanks to Tomas O'Connor for the solutions.

Original Comments:

The issue with numlock is not limited to international keyboards. We have the described behavior with type 6 (on Ray 1) and type 7 (on Ray 2) keyboards, with SRSS 4.1 and 4.2 early access on Solaris/x86. We have not tested java 6 jdk, but the problem exists in jre 1.6.0_13-b03 shipped with early access.

Thanks for the note on this issue.

Posted by Darrel Hankerson on August 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM GMT

My mistake, jre 1.6.0_13-b03 does indeed fix the issue.
http://blogs.sun.com/mprove/entry/srvc11 says "some minor bug fixes, e.g. the Java 5/6 issue to solve some keyboard issues (http://blogs.sun.com/sjf/entry/keyboard_layout_problems_with_sun) is gone" but this doesn't include the numlock issue in my earlier post.

Posted by Darrel Hankerson on August 21, 2009 at 01:55 PM GMT

Hi I've configurated the locale settings in the advanced tab of srss web interfaces but nothing happen

srss 4.2 srvc 1.2 locale = it_IT

what do you mean with " after double dashes" where?

thanks

Posted by Daniele on July 29, 2010 at 01:17 PM GMT 

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