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SubjectRe: Magic Alt-SysRq change in 2.6.18-rc1
On Sun, 9 Jul 2006 17:06:57 -0400 (EDT)
Alan Stern <stern@rowland.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Dmitry:
>
> Are you the right person to handle changes in the behavior of Alt-SysRq?
>
> Before 2.6.18-rc1, I used to be able to use it as follows:
>
> Press and hold an Alt key,
> Press and hold the SysRq key,
> Release the Alt key,
> Press and release some hot key like S or T or 7,
> Repeat the previous step as many times as desired,
> Release the SysRq key.
>
> This scheme doesn't work any more, or if it does, the timing requirements
> are now much stricter. In practice I have to hold down all three keys at
> the same time; I can't release the Alt key before pressing the hot key.
>
> This makes thinks very awkward on my laptop machine. Its keyboard
> controller doesn't seem to like having three keys pressed simultaneously.
> Instead of the expected hotkey behavior, I usually got an error message
> from atkbd warning about too many keys being pressed. Getting it to work
> as desired is hit-and-miss.
>
> I would really appreciate going back to the old behavior, where only two
> keys needed to be held down at any time.
>

I assume reverting the below will fix it?


From: Fredrik Roubert <roubert@df.lth.se>

Magic sysrq fails to work on many keyboards, particulary most of notebook
keyboards. This patch fixes it.

The idea is quite simple: Discard the SysRq break code if Alt is still being
held down. This way the broken keyboard can send the break code (or the user
with a normal keyboard can release the SysRq key) and the kernel waits until
the next key is pressed or the Alt key is released.

Signed-off-by: Pavel Machek <pavel@suse.cz>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
---

drivers/char/keyboard.c | 10 ++++++++--
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff -puN drivers/char/keyboard.c~fix-magic-sysrq-on-strange-keyboards drivers/char/keyboard.c
--- a/drivers/char/keyboard.c~fix-magic-sysrq-on-strange-keyboards
+++ a/drivers/char/keyboard.c
@@ -151,6 +151,7 @@ unsigned char kbd_sysrq_xlate[KEY_MAX +
"230\177\000\000\213\214\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000" /* 0x50 - 0x5f */
"\r\000/"; /* 0x60 - 0x6f */
static int sysrq_down;
+static int sysrq_alt_use;
#endif
static int sysrq_alt;

@@ -1143,7 +1144,7 @@ static void kbd_keycode(unsigned int key
kbd = kbd_table + fg_console;

if (keycode == KEY_LEFTALT || keycode == KEY_RIGHTALT)
- sysrq_alt = down;
+ sysrq_alt = down ? keycode : 0;
#ifdef CONFIG_SPARC
if (keycode == KEY_STOP)
sparc_l1_a_state = down;
@@ -1163,9 +1164,14 @@ static void kbd_keycode(unsigned int key

#ifdef CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ /* Handle the SysRq Hack */
if (keycode == KEY_SYSRQ && (sysrq_down || (down == 1 && sysrq_alt))) {
- sysrq_down = down;
+ if (!sysrq_down) {
+ sysrq_down = down;
+ sysrq_alt_use = sysrq_alt;
+ }
return;
}
+ if (sysrq_down && !down && keycode == sysrq_alt_use)
+ sysrq_down = 0;
if (sysrq_down && down && !rep) {
handle_sysrq(kbd_sysrq_xlate[keycode], regs, tty);
return;
_
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