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KBD_MODE(1)							   KBD_MODE(1)

NAME
       kbd_mode - report or set the keyboard mode

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

DESCRIPTION
       Without argument, kbd_mode prints the current keyboard mode (RAW, MEDI‐
       UMRAW or XLATE).	 With argument, it sets the  keyboard  mode  as	 indi‐
       cated:

       -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 (follow‐
       ing 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  Uni‐
       code,  will probably make your keyboard unusable.  This command is only
       meant for use (say via remote login) when some program left  your  key‐
       board  in the wrong state.  Note that in some obsolete versions of this
       program the "-u" option was a synonym for "-s".

SEE ALSO
       loadkeys(1)

				  6 Apr 1994			   KBD_MODE(1)
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