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The intention of this page is to figure out and document how our tools work with regard to keyboard settings.
It is also intended to collect useful information to help solve keyboard bugs.


to be written


In "our %lang2keyboard" you see: language code, followed by keyboard codes, each of wich has a number, the "weight" of that keyboard for the given language.
The weight indicates how important that keyboard is for that language. A weight of 90 or more means that in traditional installer (unless an additional language was chosen), this keyboard is assumed to be the correct one and that there will only be a keyboard choice screen in the summary step, after all packages are installed and passwords typed.

To be checked:

  • for some languages, there are keyboards without weight. What does that mean, imply, cause?



Only looked in the perl-install directory.

At least the following files in drakx/perl-install contain one or more lines with the word "keyboard"

  • c/
  • harddrake/
  • install/
  • install/
  • install/
  • install/share/list.xml
  • install/share/gdb-inst
  • install/share/keymaps_generate
  • install/
  • install/
  • install/help/
  • install/NEWS
  • Makefile
  • standalone/drakbug
  • standalone/drakautoinst
  • standalone/interactive_http/authorised_progs
  • standalone/draksec
  • standalone/finish-install
  • unused/christmas-karaoke.patch

man pages

The following man pages may contain useful information:

  • dumpkeys
  • keymaps
  • loadkeys
  • setkeycodes
  • setxkbmap
  • showkey
  • xmodmap
  • Compose
  • XkbKeycodeToKeysym
  • XkbLookupKeySym
  • XkbRefreshKeyboardMapping
  • XmbLookupString
  • Xutf8LookupString
  • XwcLookupString
  • XButtonEvent
  • XLookupKeysym
  • XMapEvent
  • XStringToKeysym



The keymaps used in a VT, can be found in /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/

Set a different keymap with e.g (for Spanish): loadkeys es, or using the full path: loadkeys /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/


The keymaps used in X, are in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/

It can be changed with the setxkbmap command, e.g. setxkbmap de to switch to a German keyboard