MDS Automaton on Azerty/French Keybord


We just receive last week some MDS Automaton Stick.

There is some problem on Azerty (maybe just no-Qwerty keybord) :

  1. Nevermind the type of physical keyboard, the recovery will always prompt the wifi and setup password with a Qwerty layout. So, for the moment, when can’t pass this step with the MDS automation.

  2. When recovery mode is launched (after the previous step) sometimes keybord is then setup French, sometimes in US. Not pretty sure about why… (Data stored in NVRAM/SMC ?)

  3. Since MacOS Catalina, an other container named “Macintosh HD - Données” is created in addition to the classic partition “Macintosh HD”. Sometimes, the python script is getting an error. I think that it is due to the accent or encode type.

  4. Using MDS Software ( PreBeta-MDS_Build-20119_Version-2.0 or latest stable version), on Catalina with USB-C Macbook, we can’t create Mac Automation : “The programming timed out”. It was working fine on Mojave.

Thanks for your reply.

I need to get this figured out. Is there a way i can replicate the problem with a US Mac / keyboard?

We are aware of the unicode issues and recommend ASCII characters for workflow names and drive names. I don’t this either, but python / pyobjc makes it very difficult.

The macOS 10.15.2 beta seems to resolve the serial / automaton issues.


Thanks for your reply.

All is working fine on an US Mac. Apple confirm us that this firt step is always in Qwerty without any consideration of physical keyboard. Is there any way to detect physical keyboard type at this step ?

About the ASCII characters, the problem is that MacOS is making partitions/containers alone during installation (or already exists on Macbook we are working on).

We can see that there is an option in Automation Configuration : “Open Disk Utility and Erase First Volume”, but it just erase the first partition/volume. To fix this, the best way seems to get an option to Erase First Device to prevent ASCII bugs.

I have the same problem with Swiss-French in recovery mode, the command line is pasted with US layout keyboard.

i have the same with german (QWERTZ) layout.
Would be nice if you could also set the language / keyboard when creating the automaton stick.