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kbdmap, vidfont – front end for syscons and vt



kbdmap [-K] [-V] [-d | -default] [-h | -help] [-l | -lang language] [-p | -print] [-r | -restore] [-s | -show] [-v | -verbose]


The kbdmap utility allows easy setting of available keymaps. The vidfont command allows the setting of fonts. Both examine a database for the keymaps and fonts. Descriptions are in English by default, but may also be in other languages. These programs are interactive and expect to run in a terminal to get required input (e.g., a keymap selection) from the user.

It is strongly recommended to not choose MSDOS codepage keymaps or fonts. Use the ISO standard version if available! X11 does not support MSDOS codepage.

The following options are available:
  Run as command kbdmap.
  Run as command vidfont.
-d -, -default
  Use default language. Ignore LANG environment variable.
-h -, -help
  Print options and exit.
-l -, -lang language
  Use language for description and menu.
-p -, -print
  Print description of available keymaps or fonts to stdout and exit.
-r -, -restore
  Load default font from /etc/rc.conf.
-s -, -show
  Show currently supported languages and exit.
-v -, -verbose
  More warnings.


LANG preferred language


  database for keymaps
  database for fonts
/etc/rc.conf default font
/usr/local/share/locale/locale.alias describe common LANG values


dialog(1), kbdcontrol(1), vidcontrol(1), syscons(4), vt(4), kbdmap(5), rc.conf(5)


The kbdmap and vidfont commands appeared in FreeBSD 2.1 .


Wolfram Schneider <Mt wosch@FreeBSD.org> wrote the original Perl version. The current version was rewritten in C by Jonathan Belson <Mt jon@witchspace.com> for FreeBSD 5.0 .


The kbdmap and vidfont utilities work only on a (virtual) console and not with X11.

KBDMAP (1) July 3, 2002

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