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    Command:

    loadkeys

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           loadkeys  [  -b  --bkeymap  ]  [ -c --clearcompose ] [ -C '<cons1 cons2
           ...>' | --console=cons1,cons2,...  ] [ -d --default ] [ -h --help  ]  [
           -m  --mktable ] [ -q --quiet ] [ -s --clearstrings ] [ -v --verbose ] [
           filename...  ]
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

           The program loadkeys reads the file or files specified by  filename....
           Its  main  purpose  is  to load the kernel keymap for the console.  The
           affected console device or devices can be specified using  the  -C  (or
           --console ) option. This option supports a list of device names
    
    
    

    RESET TO DEFAULT

           If  the  -d  (or  --default ) option is given, loadkeys loads a default
           keymap, probably the file defkeymap.map either in  /lib/kbd/keymaps  or
           in /usr/src/linux/drivers/char.  (Probably the former was user-defined,
           while the latter is a qwerty keyboard map for PCs - maybe not what  was
           desired.)   Sometimes,  with a strange keymap loaded (with the minus on
           some obscure unknown modifier combination) it is easier to type  'load-
           keys defkeymap'.
    
    
    

    LOAD KERNEL KEYMAP

           The  main  function  of  loadkeys  is  to  load  or modify the keyboard
           driver's translation tables.  When specifying the file names,  standard
           input  can be denoted by dash (-). If no file is specified, the data is
           read from the standard input.
    
           For many countries and keyboard types appropriate keymaps are available
           already,  and  a  command like 'loadkeys uk' might do what you want. On
           the other hand, it is easy to construct one's own keymap. The user  has
           to tell what symbols belong to each key. She can find the keycode for a
           key by  use  of  showkey(1),  while  the  keymap  format  is  given  in
           keymaps(5) and can also be seen from the output of dumpkeys(1).
    
    
    

    LOAD KERNEL ACCENT TABLE

           If  the  input  file  does not contain any compose key definitions, the
           kernel accent table is left unchanged, unless the -c (or --clearcompose
           )  option  is  given, in which case the kernel accent table is emptied.
           If the input file does contain compose key definitions,  then  all  old
           definitions  are  removed,  and  replaced by the specified new entries.
           The kernel accent table is  a  sequence  of  (by  default  68)  entries
           describing  how  dead  diacritical  signs and compose keys behave.  For
           example, a line
    
                  compose ',' 'c' to ccedilla
    
           means that <ComposeKey><,><c> must be combined to <ccedilla>.  The cur-
           rent  content of this table can be see using 'dumpkeys --compose-only'.
    
    
    

    LOAD KERNEL STRING TABLE

           The option -s (or --clearstrings ) clears the kernel string  table.  If
           If the -m (or --mktable ) option is given loadkeys prints to the  stan-
           dard  output  a  file  that may be used as /usr/src/linux/drivers/char-
           /defkeymap.c, specifying the default key bindings  for  a  kernel  (and
           does not modify the current keymap).
    
    
    

    CREATE BINARY KEYMAP

           If  the -b (or --bkeymap ) option is given loadkeys prints to the stan-
           dard output a file that may be used as a binary keymap as  expected  by
           Busybox loadkmap command (and does not modify the current keymap).
    
    
    

    OTHER OPTIONS

           -h --help
                  loadkeys  prints its version number and a short usage message to
                  the programs standard error output and exits.
    
           -q --quiet
                  loadkeys suppresses all normal output.
    
    
    

    WARNING

           Note that anyone having read access to /dev/console  can  run  loadkeys
           and  thus change the keyboard layout, possibly making it unusable. Note
           that the keyboard translation table is common for all the virtual  con-
           soles,  so  any changes to the keyboard bindings affect all the virtual
           consoles simultaneously.
    
           Note that because the changes affect all  the  virtual  consoles,  they
           also outlive your session. This means that even at the login prompt the
           key bindings may not be what the user expects.
    
    
    

    FILES

           /lib/kbd/keymaps
                  default directory for keymaps
    
           /usr/src/linux/drivers/char/defkeymap.map
                  default kernel keymap
    
    
    

    SEE ALSO

           dumpkeys(1), keymaps(5)
    
                                      6 Feb 1994                       LOADKEYS(1)
    
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