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KBD_MODE(1)              General Commands Manual             KBD_MODE(1)

NAME         top

       kbd_mode - report or set the keyboard mode

SYNOPSIS         top

       kbd_mode [ -a | -u | -k | -s ] [ -f ] [ -C CONSOLE ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       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. Set the "-f"
       option to force such changes.  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" and older versions
       of this program may not recognize the "-f" option.

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kbd                            6 Apr 1994                    KBD_MODE(1)

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