The /etc/vconsole.conf file configures the virtual console, i.e.
keyboard mapping and console font. It is applied at boot by udev
using 90-vconsole.rules file. You can safely mask this file if you
want to avoid this kind of initialization.
The basic file format of the vconsole.conf is a newline-separated
list of environment-like shell-compatible variable assignments. It is
possible to source the configuration from shell scripts, however,
beyond mere variable assignments no shell features are supported,
allowing applications to read the file without implementing a shell
compatible execution engine.
Note that the kernel command line options vconsole.keymap=,
vconsole.keymap_toggle=, vconsole.font=, vconsole.font_map=,
vconsole.font_unimap= may be used to override the console settings at
Depending on the operating system other configuration files might be
checked for configuration of the virtual console as well, however
only as fallback.
The following options are understood:
Configures the key mapping table for the keyboard. KEYMAP=
defaults to "us" if not set. The KEYMAP_TOGGLE= can be used to
configure a second toggle keymap and is by default unset.
FONT=, FONT_MAP=, FONT_UNIMAP=
Configures the console font, the console map and the unicode font
A few configuration parameters from vconsole.conf may be overridden
on the kernel command line:
Overrides KEYMAP= and KEYMAP_TOGGLE=.
vconsole.font=, vconsole.font_map=, vconsole.font_unimap=
Overrides FONT=, FONT_MAP=, and FONT_UNIMAP=.
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