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    Command:

    setxkbmap

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           setxkbmap [ args ] [ layout [ variant [ option ...  ] ] ]
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

           The setxkbmap command maps the keyboard to use the layout determined by
           the options specified on the command line.
    
           An XKB keymap is constructed from a number of components which are com-
           piled  only  as  needed.   The  source for all of the components can be
           found in /usr/share/X11/xkb.
    
    
    

    OPTIONS

           -help   Prints a message describing the valid input to setxkbmap.
    
           -compat name
                   Specifies the name of the compatibility map component  used  to
                   construct a keyboard layout.
    
           -config file
                   Specifies the name of an XKB configuration file which describes
                   the keyboard to be used.
    
           -device device
                   Specifies the numeric device id  of  the  input  device  to  be
                   updated  with  the  new  keyboard layout. If not specified, the
                   core keyboard device of the X server is updated.
    
           -display display
                   Specifies the display to be updated with the new keyboard  lay-
                   out.
    
           -geometry name
                   Specifies  the name of the geometry component used to construct
                   a keyboard layout.
    
           -I directory
                   Adds a directory to the list  of  directories  to  be  used  to
                   search for specified layout or rules files.
    
           -keycodes name
                   Specifies  the name of the keycodes component used to construct
                   a keyboard layout.
    
           -keymap name
                   Specifies the name of the keymap description used to  construct
                   a keyboard layout.
    
           -layout name
                   Specifies  the  name of the layout used to determine the compo-
                   nents which make up the keyboard description.  Only one  layout
                   may be specified on the command line.
    
           -print  With  this  option  setxkbmap  just prints component names in a
                   format acceptable by  xkbcomp  (an  XKB  keymap  compiler)  and
                   exits.  The  option  can be used for tests instead of a verbose
                   option and in cases when one needs to run  both  the  setxkbmap
                   and the xkbcomp in chain (see below).
    
           -query  With  this  option  setxkbmap  just  prints  the current rules,
                   model, layout, variant, and options, then exits.
    
           -rules file
                   Specifies the name of  the  rules  file  used  to  resolve  the
                   requested layout and model to a set of component names.
    
           -symbols name
                   Specifies the name of the symbols component used to construct a
                   keyboard layout.
    
           -synch  Force synchronization for X requests.
    
           -types name
                   Specifies the name of the types component used to  construct  a
                   keyboard layout.
    
           -variant name
                   Specifies  which  variant of the keyboard layout should be used
                   to determine the components which make up the keyboard descrip-
                   tion.  Only one variant may be specified on the command line.
    
           -verbose|-v [level]
                   Specifies  level of verbosity in output messages.  Valid levels
                   range from 0 (least verbose) to 10 (most verbose).  The default
                   verbosity  level  is  5.   If no level is specified, each -v or
                   -verbose flag raises the level by 1.
    
    
    

    USING WITH xkbcomp

           If you have an Xserver and a client shell running on different  comput-
           ers and XKB configuration files on those machines are different you can
           get problems specifying a keyboard map by model, layout, options names.
           This is because setxkbcomp converts these names to names of XKB config-
           uration files according to files that are on the client side  computer,
           then  it  sends  the  file names to the server where the xkbcomp has to
           compose a complete keyboard map using files which the server has.  Thus
           if  the sets of files differ significantly the names that the setxkbmap
           generates can be unacceptable on the server side.  You can  solve  this
           problem by running the xkbcomp on the client side too.  With the -print
           option setxkbmap just prints the file names in an appropriate format to
           its  stdout and this output can be piped directly to the xkbcomp input.
           For example, the command
    
           setxkbmap us -print | xkbcomp - $DISPLAY
    
           makes both steps run on the same (client) machine and loads a  keyboard
    
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