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setupcon – sets up the font and the keyboard on the console


setupcon [OPTION]… [VARIANT]


setupcon is a program for fast and easy setup of the font and the key‐
board on the console. Most of the time you invoke setupcon without
arguments. The keyboard configuration is specified in ~/.keyboard or
/etc/default/keyboard. The font configuration is specified in ~/.con‐
sole-setup or /etc/default/console-setup. Consult keyboard(5) and con‐
sole-setup(5) for instructions how to configure these two files.

If you have to switch often between different encodings, keyboards or
languages, you can prepare several alternative configuration files for
setupcon. Suppose that most of the time you will use Greek language
with Greek keyboard layout, but sometimes you need to type in German
with German keyboard layout. In this situation you should customize
the main configuration files (keyboard and console-setup) for Greek.
Create also alternative configuration files for German named
keyboard.german and console-setup.german. Then in order to configure
the console for Greek you will simply run the command with no argu‐
ments: setupcon and in order to configure the console for German you
will use setupcon german.


-v, –verbose
Be more verbose. Use this option if something goes wrong or
while experimenting with the configuration files.

-k, –keyboard-only
Setup the keyboard only, do not setup the font.

-f, –font-only
Setup the font only, do not setup the keyboard.

Do not check whether we are on the console. Notice that you can
be forced to hard-reboot your computer if you run setupcon with
this option and the screen is controlled by a X server.

–save This option can be useful if you want to use setupcon early in
the boot process while /usr is not yet mounted and the required
data are not available. This option will make setupcon copy the
required files in /etc/console-setup/ in order to make them
available before /usr is mounted. If you use setupcon early in
the boot process, then you should run it with this option after
every change of the console configuration.

The same as –save, but does not setup the keyboard and the
font. This option can be useful if you want to save the re‐
quired files while the screen is controlled by a X server.

-h, –help
Display usage information.

Specifies which configuration file to use. By default the con‐
figuration files of setupcon are named console-setup and key‐
board but if you use e.g. chukchi as VARIANT then the configu‐
ration files will be console-setup.chukchi and keyboard.chukchi.
In this way you can have easy access to several different con‐
figurations – for example one for the Chukchi language and an‐
other for the default configuration.



keyboard(5), console-setup(5)

console-setup 2011-03-17 SETUPCON(1)