Package Details: xkb-qwerty-fr 0.5-2

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Package Base: xkb-qwerty-fr
Description: French qwerty keymap - provides a keymap for french users of qwerty keyboard. All French characters are directly accessible with AltGr and smartly mapped.
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Keywords: azerty fr keyboard layout qwerty xkb
Licenses: GPL2
Submitter: Niluge_KiWi
Maintainer: Niluge_KiWi
Last Packager: Niluge_KiWi
Votes: 2
Popularity: 0.006855
First Submitted: 2016-03-13 14:14
Last Updated: 2016-03-13 14:21

Latest Comments

TheArcher commented on 2017-03-19 11:38

Here's how I got it working for Arch:
I intalled this package using Yaourt. Nothing changed. After some digging, I ran "setxkbmap us_qwerty-fr" and it worked. When I rebooted however, it stopped working. It appeared I had to run the command every time. That wasn't practical. After some more digging, I ran this command "localectl set-x11-keymap us_qwerty-fr", and it worked for real this time. Hope this helps someone.

plesur commented on 2016-06-15 17:53

So a xkb update broke this and I ran the postinst from the deb package and everything went back to normal.
apt-get lets users merge modified files when updating a package, I guess there's nothing like this on arch ?
The only way to create a durable pacakge would be to be able to source files/not change the layouts files each update but that would be a change to xkb and not this package...

And I don't have any trouble with the altgr key so you might want to give it a shot

Niluge_KiWi commented on 2016-05-19 20:50

Hi plesur, I encountered a blocking issue when packaging this, and haven't found a fix yet, that's why it's not working out-of-the-box.

Integrating the .deb scripts was initially planned, but since the manual install failed I stopped there. (Furthermore, the deb scripts are complex and seemed not clean: it seemed they would break on evdev/xkb package upgrade. I don't know if we can do better).

Here is the upstream manual installation guide:
It should be printed as post-install (see

The issue I encountered was that AltGr worked as a simple Alt, breaking the main point of qwerty-fr.
Here is someone who had the same issue as mine with a different additional layout (

After a lot of digging I gave up and ended up manually running "setxkbmap -v -layout us_qwerty-fr -option lv3:ralt_switch" after each reboot and each suspend/resume...

If you don't have this issue maybe it's time I try again !

If you want to improve this AUR package I can add you as co-maintainer, which would mean you can push to the git repository associated with this package.

plesur commented on 2016-05-18 20:38

Hi ! Really love this layout, tried it on my Debian install, however I'm having some troubles installing it on Arch.

The deb package seems to append the content of the /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us_qwerty-fr
file to the

However this AUR package does not do it (it only creates the first file mentioned).
I manually did the merge and it now works using "setxkbmap us qwerty-fr" but it doesn't show up through gnome's GUI or using "localectl list-x11-keymap-variants us", which means we need to manually change the layout, and can't change it using super+space.

I ended up running the "postinst" directly from the .deb package and now I see the layout under the French language. I'm not sure if it was necessary or if the previous change (copying the content of us_qwerty-fr to us) was enough as I was looking for the layout under the English language.
I'd gladly help fix the package if I knew how though.