First, congratulations on your work... I think a one floppy distro with
tn5250 will be a great thing... I tried before but with no success at
Maybe you should do a mini howto to help others like me !!! :-)

About your keymap, i had the same problem but i solved it out (it was a
bit hard)... 1st, make sure you dont have diplicate references in the
file for the same key... That will confuse the keymap alot!
2nd.. See (my :-) )the  portuguese keymap (qwerty) James Rich Included
on the software's PDF... There you will see references on F21 to F24.

-----Mensagem original-----
De: Projet GPAO [mailto:projet-gpao@xxxxxxxxx] 
Enviada: sexta-feira, 11 de Julho de 2003 16:02
Para: linux5250@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Assunto: [LINUX5250] Diskless worstations and keymapping problem


First of all, I'd like to thank the people involved in the tn5250
project. I'm 
working with tn5250 0.16.5 under Mandrake 9.1 since a few months and I
to say that it is a great soft.

I chose a mini Linux distribution called Trinux 
(http://trinux.sourceforge.net/) to turn old PC into tn5250 diskless 
To sum up, Trinux boots from a single floppy then loads packages from
When Trinux is launched, it gets an IP address thanks to DHCP, and loads

additional packages (such as ssh) via ftp. Then Trinux is automatically 
connected to a ssh server under Mandrake (my own workstation) to be able
use tn5250 installed on the Mandrake. With a single floppy, any PC in
shop can be automatically turned into a tn5250 station. I think it's a
way to use old Pentium75 with a floppy and 16mo.

So, what's the problem? The problem is that I really have to get a key
map as 
close as possible to the Client Access soft. That is to say F13 to F24
shift F9 to shift F12, ESC as "attention" (Control_a), Left control key
Contol_x and so on.

If xt5250 is launched on my Mandrake, no problem. If it's in a real
console, I 
do not have access to the F21 to F24 keys and "attention" is C-a. So I 
modified my keyboard layout (keycode 1 = Control_a Escape instead of
1 = Escape Escape and string F24 = "\033+" instead of string F24 = 
"\033[38~") and I load it with loadkeys. Then it's ok, but remmeber,
here still on Mandrake.

The real problem is with the trinux diskless workstations. I create a
keymap file with my customized key map thanks to the dumpkmap (a tool 
included in busybox that's used in a lot of tiny distros such as Trinux)
load it with loadkmap. Then, guess what, ESC is "attention", no problem,
F21 to F24 are still unusable with shift F9/F12 even if they are usable
"ESC(" "ESC)" "ESC_" and "ESC+". To me it's no big deal but the boss
said "we 
can't go with your proposal if you can't manage to get a client
keymap". So, I go "no problem, I'll figure it out".

Finally, it may be useful to know that I'm using a French "azerty"
If someone can help me, please let me know. I think I'm going to lose 
patience ;)



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