vconsole.conf(5) — Linux manual page

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | KERNEL COMMAND LINE | EXAMPLE | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

VCONSOLE.CONF(5)              vconsole.conf             VCONSOLE.CONF(5)

NAME         top

       vconsole.conf - Configuration file for the virtual console

SYNOPSIS         top

       /etc/vconsole.conf

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 boot.

       Depending on the operating system other configuration files might
       be checked for configuration of the virtual console as well,
       however only as fallback.

       /etc/vconsole.conf is usually created and updated using
       systemd-localed.service(8).  localectl(1) may be used to instruct
       systemd-localed.service to query or update configuration.

OPTIONS         top

       The following options are understood:

       KEYMAP=, KEYMAP_TOGGLE=
           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 map.

KERNEL COMMAND LINE         top

       A few configuration parameters from vconsole.conf may be
       overridden on the kernel command line:

       vconsole.keymap=, vconsole.keymap_toggle=
           Overrides KEYMAP= and KEYMAP_TOGGLE=.

       vconsole.font=, vconsole.font_map=, vconsole.font_unimap=
           Overrides FONT=, FONT_MAP=, and FONT_UNIMAP=.

EXAMPLE         top

       Example 1. German keyboard and console

       /etc/vconsole.conf:

           KEYMAP=de-latin1
           FONT=eurlatgr

SEE ALSO         top

       systemd(1), systemd-vconsole-setup.service(8), loadkeys(1),
       setfont(8), locale.conf(5), systemd-localed.service(8)

COLOPHON         top

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Pages that refer to this page: localectl(1)systemd-firstboot(1)kernel-command-line(7)systemd.directives(7)systemd.index(7)systemd-localed.service(8)systemd-vconsole-setup.service(8)