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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, 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 ker-
       nel 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 con-
       sole 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  ver-
       sions 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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