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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 ]

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.

       Warning: changing the keyboard mode, other than between ASCII and Unicode, will  probably  make  your  keyboard
       unusable.   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".

SEE ALSO
       loadkeys(1)




                                  6 Apr 1994                       KBD_MODE(1)