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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