Now it's OpenBSD on my Thinkpad X220

2nd week of February 2022

After it turned out DragonflyBSD is not something I want to have on my X220, things barely documented and especially acpi sleep not working and apparently unfixable, I turned to installing OpenBSD on it.

Default being fvwm, I decided to go for it. In the past I tried using FVWM also starting with some pretty defaul fvwmrc but this time the OpenBSD's seemed like a much nicer start. And I didn't fancy coming back to long-tried cwm.

In the example system.fvwmrc I added myself an xbatt in place of the right part of an 2x1 xload in an FvmmButtons "button-bar" with FvwmIconMan.

As I definitely lacked sudoedit, I put in my ~/bin/ a doasedit script by AN3223

but in line 20 I replaced '/dev/shm/' in 'export TMPDIR=' with '/tmp/' for it to work.

A surprise was that `pv -d: not available on systemd without /proc/self/fdinfo`.

Another surprise is that VSCode doesn't really seem to be ported to OpenBSD.

But the ports' 'editors' path was inspiring, I learnt about: axe cooledit moe ne wordgrinder, all of which i installed from binary packages with pkg_add.

The first two are descended in idea from xedit, and xedit is somewhat fascinating to me as I have gotten fascinated with X Athena widgets (Xaw) and pure Xt GUI programming. I intend to make attempts into writing GUI applications in pure C.

I am writing this in WordGrinder right now, and it just seems that "Export to plain text" will perfectly do for publishing in gemtext format.

For some reason my /etc/apm/ scripts all with `pkill -USR1 xidle` as Soléne's blogpost suggested keep not working for me, so I keep not having xidle run xlock for me on suspend/resume.

But I have then both neatly configured with .Xresources instead of commandline options:

XIdle*timeout   : 300
XIdle*program   : /usr/X11R6/bin/xlock
XIdle*position  : sw
XIdle*delay     : 5
XLock.dpmsoff    : 1
XLock.dpmsstandby: 5
XLock.mode       : blank

At one time I had issues with my keybard layout not working, later not working aside fron Firefox. But setting (redundatly, most probably) both LC_CTYPE and LC_ALL and even LANG all to `pl_PL.UTF-8` fixed the issue. Now my /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/00-keyboard.conf:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Keyboard0"
        MatchIsKeyboard "on"
        Option "XkbLayout" "pl"
        Option "XkbModel" "thinkpad"
        Option "XkbOptions" "caps:ctrl_modifier,compose:menu"

But what made me really cause myself a mess was when I tried setting XkbOptions like `altwin:meta_alt` because for some reason while tcsh manual recommends binding run-fg-editor to ^Z and by default has it bound to M-^Z — or Esc ^Z, supposedly —, neither seemed to ever work. Idk anyone has it working even? How do i diagnose how my modifiers work, especially with the signal keys which seems why ^Z specifically isn't working for me?

Surprisingly `"keysym Caps_Lock = Control_L"` in /etc/wsconsctl.conf doesn't seem to work for a tty-console remap.

A minor disappointment was how I don't have my ThinkVantage button bindable as XF86Launch1 anymore. And I looked below it at the lock button that is Fn+F2 and I couldn't find any way to use it either, it's not some XF86Lock or anything. And what does even the battery-plus button at Fn+F3 ever do? Funnily, Fn+F5 wireless switch button now switches on and off Bluetooth only.

But overall wireless is lovely, the join command, just several join/wpakey and then `inet autoconf` at the end, just an /etc/hostname.iwn0. Noice.o

What surprised me a bit was how default performance policy was just manual=99. I set hw.perfpolicy=auto with /etc/sysctl.conf.

But hibernate and suspend both work perfectly.

Besides the moment when they stopped for some reason and it turned out I suddenly had apmd_flags=NO, but that was a quick fix in /etc/rc.conf.local after a lot of confusion.

Wireless drivers don't crash.

Syncthing works.

Things are neat.

Aside from the default .my.domain hostname suffix which i keep feeling weird about but I didn't think the installer would really insert it as an actual default domain for me when I pressed enter.