I am attempting to install a custom symbols file in my keyboard mapping in XKB, as found here. I would like to overwrite how the J key is handled (the first step in emulating a numpad, but for now I am simply applying the same mapping as found in the us symbols file). However, at the step where I load the file using xkbcomp, I get an error. Please find the error state and file contents below:

The map, which was created by modifying the output of setxkbmap -print, adding "+altkeypad_symbols(altkeypad)" to the end of the xkb_symbols include statement.

~$ cat .xkb/altkeypad_map 
xkb_keymap {
    xkb_keycodes  { include "evdev+aliases(qwerty)" };
    xkb_types     { include "complete"  };
    xkb_compat    { include "complete"  };
    xkb_symbols   { include "pc+us+us:2+inet(evdev)+altkeypad_symbols(altkeypad)"   };
    xkb_geometry  { include "pc(pc105)" };

The custom symbols file, a simple toy case of "remapping" the J key to its normal function.

~$ cat .xkb/symbols/altkeypad_symbols 
// Emulate the keypad using {j k l u i o 7 8 9} as KP_{1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9}

default partial alphanumeric_keys modifier_keys
xkb_symbols "altkeypad" {
    key <AC07> {        [         j,    J               ]       };

Attempting to install the new map, yielding an error, made increasingly odd given the fact that the symbol "J" appears on line 5 of the file, not line 7.

~$ xkbcomp -I$HOME/.xkb $HOME/.xkb/altkeypad_map $DISPLAY
syntax error: line 7 of altkeypad_symbols
last scanned symbol is: J
Error:            Error interpreting include file "altkeypad_symbols"
                  Abandoning symbols file "(null)"
Error:            success in unknown
                  Couldn't write keyboard description to :0

As far as I know, I've very closely matched the syntax of other custom symbols mapping. Any help resolving the error would be greatly appreciated!

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