Without argument, kbd_mode prints the current keyboard mode (RAW,
MEDIUMRAW or XLATE). With argument, it sets the keyboard mode as
-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. 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".
This page is part of the kbd (Linux keyboard tools) project.
Information about the project can be found at
⟨http://www.kbd-project.org/⟩. If you have a bug report for this man‐
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6 Apr 1994 KBD_MODE(1)