kbd_mode

KBD_MODE(1)                 General Commands Manual                KBD_MODE(1)



NAME
       kbd_mode - report or set the keyboard mode

SYNOPSIS
       kbd_mode [ -a | -u | -k | -s ] [ -f ] [ -C CONSOLE ]

DESCRIPTION
       Without argument, kbd_mode prints the current keyboard mode (RAW,
       MEDIUMRAW or XLATE).  With argument, it sets the keyboard mode as
       indicated:

       -s: scancode mode (RAW),

       -k: keycode mode (MEDIUMRAW),

       -a: ASCII mode (XLATE),

       -u: UTF-8 mode (UNICODE).

       Of course the "-a" is only traditional, and the code used can be any
       8-bit character set.  With "-u" a 16-bit character set is expected, and
       these chars are transmitted to the kernel as 1, 2, or 3 bytes
       (following the UTF-8 coding).  In these latter two modes the key
       mapping defined by loadkeys(1) is used.

       kbd_mode operates on the console specified by the "-C" option; if there
       is none, the console associated with stdin is used.

       Warning: changing the keyboard mode, other than between ASCII and
       Unicode, will probably make your keyboard unusable. Set the "-f" option
       to force such changes.  This command is only meant for use (say via
       remote login) when some program left your keyboard in the wrong state.
       Note that in some obsolete versions of this program the "-u" option was
       a synonym for "-s" and older versions of this program may not recognize
       the "-f" option.

SEE ALSO
       loadkeys(1)




                                  6 Apr 1994                       KBD_MODE(1)