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NAME

       setxkbmap - set the keyboard using the X Keyboard Extension

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
       compiled  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
               layout.

       -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
               components which make up the keyboard  description.   Only  one
               layout may be specified on the command line.

       -model name
               Specifies  the name of the keyboard model used to determine the
               components which make up the keyboard  description.   Only  one
               model may be specified on the command line.

       -option name
               Specifies  the  name  of  an option to determine the components
               which make up the keyboard description;  multiple  options  may
               be  specified,  one  per -option flag. Note that setxkbmap adds
               options specified in the command line to the options that  were
               set before (as saved in root window properties). If you want to
               replace all previously specified options, use the -option  flag
               with an empty argument first.

       -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
               description.   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
       computers 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  configuration  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
       map into the server.

SEE ALSO

       xkbcomp(1)

FILES

       /usr/share/X11/xkb