Embedded Function Keys on Powerbook?

Michel Dänzer michdaen at iiic.ethz.ch
Thu Dec 20 03:16:50 EST 2001

On Wed, 2001-12-19 at 12:58, Matthias Grimm wrote:
> Hi,
> I use the Kernel 2.4.16-benh on an Apple Powerbook G3 (Pismo).
> The Powerbooks have special keys for brightness, volume, mute, etc
> in parallel to the funcion keys F1 to F6. Per default this special keys
> are the primary keys and the Function-Keys (together with the Fn-key)
> build the secondary keys.
> The Mac-OS 9 has a checkbox in the Function-Key-Dialog to "invert" the
> Fn-key. Cecked, the Function-Keys are the primary keys and the special
> keys work together with Fn.
> Question: Has this function already been implemented in the Kernel?
>            I found something about the Button-Device in the keyboard
>            driver. Is this a feature of the Button-Device?
> Also interesting is: When I had checked the checkbox under Mac-OS, the
> setting survived all reboots and also with Linux the F1-F6 keys worked
> without the Fn-key. But after the machine once awaked from sleep (after
> reopen the lid or similar) the setting is resetted to default.
> Has anyone information about this feature?

A utility/hack for this was posted to the debian-powerpc list a while
ago. It's called fnset IIRC.

Earthling Michel Dänzer (MrCooper)/ Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc) developer
XFree86 and DRI project member   /  CS student, Free Software enthusiast

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