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       loadkeys - load keyboard translation tables


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


       The program loadkeys reads the file or files specified by  filename....
       Its main purpose is to load the kernel keymap for the console.  You can
       specify console device by the -C (or --console ) option.


       If the -d (or --default ) option is given,  loadkeys  loads  a  default
       keymap, probably the file either in /usr/share/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
       `loadkeys defkeymap'.


       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).


       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
       current  content  of  this   table   can   be   see   using   `dumpkeys


       The  option  -s (or --clearstrings ) clears the kernel string table. If
       this option is not given, loadkeys will only add  or  replace  strings,
       not  remove  them.   (Thus,  the option -s is required to reach a well-
       defined state.)  The kernel string table is a sequence of strings  with
       names  like  F31.  One  can  make  function  key  F5 (on an ordinary PC
       keyboard) produce the text  `Hello!',  and  Shift+F5  `Goodbye!'  using

              keycode 63 = F70 F71
              string F70 = "Hello!"
              string F71 = "Goodbye!"

       in  the keymap.  The default bindings for the function keys are certain
       escape sequences mostly inspired by the VT100 terminal.


       If the -m (or --mktable )  option  is  given  loadkeys  prints  to  the
       standard output a file that may be used as /usr/src/linux/drivers/charÔÇÉ
       /defkeymap.c, specifying the default key bindings  for  a  kernel  (and
       does not modify the current keymap).


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


       loadkeys  automatically  detects  whether  the console is in Unicode or
       ASCII (XLATE) mode.  When a keymap is loaded, literal keysyms (such  as
       section)  are  resolved accordingly; numerical keysyms are converted to
       fit the current console mode, regardless of the way they are  specified
       (decimal, octal, hexadecimal or Unicode).

       The  -u (or --unicode) switch forces loadkeys to convert all keymaps to
       Unicode.  If the keyboard is in a  non-Unicode  mode,  such  as  XLATE,
       loadkeys  will  change  it to Unicode for the time of its execution.  A
       warning message will be printed in this case.

       It is recommended to run kbd_mode(1) before loadkeys instead  of  using
       the -u option.


       -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.


       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
       consoles,  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.


              default directory for keymaps

              default kernel keymap


       dumpkeys(1), keymaps(5)

                                  6 Feb 1994                       LOADKEYS(1)