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ckbcomp – compile a XKB keyboard description to a keymap suitable for
loadkeys or kbdcontrol
ckbcomp [OPTION…] [XKBLAYOUT [XKBVARIANT [XKBOPTIONS]…]]
The ckbcomp keymap compiler converts a description of an XKB keyboard
layout into a console keymap that can be read directly by loadkeys
On its standard output ckbcomp dumps the generated keyboard definition.
The most important difference between the arguments of setxkbmap and
the arguments of ckbcomp is the additional parameter -charmap when non-
Unicode keyboard map is wanted. Without -charmap ckbcomp will generate
Print a usage message and exit.
The encoding to use for the output keymap. There should be an
character mapping table defining this encoding in
/usr/share/consoletrans. Definitions of the following charmaps
are provided: ARMSCII-8, CP1251, CP1255, CP1256, GEORGIAN-
ACADEMY, GEORGIAN-PS, IBM1133, ISIRI-3342, ISO-8859-1,
ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-4, ISO-8859-5, ISO-8859-6,
ISO-8859-7, ISO-8859-8, ISO-8859-9, ISO-8859-10, ISO-8859-11,
ISO-8859-13, ISO-8859-14, ISO-8859-15, ISO-8859-16, KOI8-R,
KOI8-U, TIS-620 and VISCII.
-Idir Look in the top-level directory dir for files included by the
keymap description. This option may be used multiple times. If
a file can not be found in any of the specified directories, it
will be searched also in some other standard locations, such as
/etc/console-setup/ckb, /usr/share/X11/xkb and /etc/X11/xkb
Set level of detail for listing. The argument level must be a
number from 1 to 10.
Generate a compact keymap with at most two xkb groups and two
levels in each or only one xkb-group and up to four levels.
Generate a keymap for FreeBSD.
Specifies the behaviour of the
Value bs specifies VT100-conformant behaviour:
generate ^H (ASCII BS) and
DEL). Value del specifies VT220-conformant behavior:
erate a special function sequence.
XKB Keyboard Description
The keyboard layout, variant and options components can be also speci‐
fied directly on the command line. See the synopsis of the command.
Specifies the symbols component name of the XKB keyboard de‐
Specifies the keycodes component name of the XKB keyboard de‐
The name of the rules file to use.
Specifies the keyboard model used to choose the component names.
Specifies the layout used to choose the component names.
Specifies the layout variant used to choose the component names.
Adds an option used to choose component names.
If the option -freebsd is used together with -backspace del, then the
sibility to assign the appropriate sequence to this special code by
using the following command:
kbdcontrol -f 70 “`printf ‘\033[3~’`”
console-setup 2011-03-17 CKBCOMP(1)