Subject: Re: [vox-tech] more newbie questions
From: Ken Bloom
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 16:04:03 -0700

Joey Karalius wrote:

> How do I get NUM-LOCK to stay on when re-booting (Linux, of course)?
> I thought it was only a BIOS thing, but apparently not, since it stays
> on when Windows boots up, but not Linux.

It boils down to a "setleds +num" call, which you can put in your
.profile or .login if you want. Mandrake has a service in /etc/init.d
called numlock that turns numlock on for all of the virtual consoles, at
startup. The code for the "numlock start" part of the service is as

#snippet from /etc/rc.d/init.d/numlock in mandrake 8.2
gprintf "Starting numlock: "

for tty in /dev/tty[1-8]; do
setleds -D +num < $tty

#end snippet

For the X Window System, it's a little more difficult. Somewhere, I
found a script that simulates pressing the numlock key once. (If numlock
is off and you use it, then numlock turns on. If numlock is on and you
press it, then numlock turns off.) Because I use XDM, I just compiled
the program, and then modified /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup_0 to run the program,
so numlock is on by default for everyone.

You could also execute it from your .xinitrc or your .xsession

//compile using:
//gcc -I/usr/X11R6/include -L/usr/X11R6/lib -o setnumlock Numlock.c -lX11 -lXtst
#include <X11/extensions/XTest.h>
#include <X11/keysym.h>

int main(void) {
Display* disp = XOpenDisplay( NULL );
if( disp == NULL )
return 1;
XTestFakeKeyEvent( disp, XKeysymToKeycode( disp, XK_Num_Lock), True, CurrentTime );
XTestFakeKeyEvent( disp, XKeysymToKeycode( disp, XK_Num_Lock), False, CurrentTime );
XCloseDisplay( disp );
return 0;
//end numlock.c