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KBD_MODE(1)                                                        KBD_MODE(1)

       kbd_mode - report or set the keyboard mode

       kbd_mode [ -a | -u | -k | -s ]

       Without argument, kbd_mode prints the current keyboard mode (RAW, MEDI-
       UMRAW or XLATE).  With argument, it sets the  keyboard  mode  as  indi-

       -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 (follow-
       ing the UTF-8 coding).  In these  latter  two  modes  the  key  mapping
       defined by loadkeys(1) is used.

       Warning:  changing the keyboard mode, other than between ASCII and Uni-
       code, will probably make your keyboard unusable.  This command is  only
       meant  for  use (say via remote login) when some program left your key-
       board in the wrong state.  Note that in some obsolete versions of  this
       program the "-u" option was a synonym for "-s".


                                  6 Apr 1994                       KBD_MODE(1)

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