setupcon - sets up the font and the keyboard on the console
is a program for fast and easy setup of the font and the
keyboard on the console. Most of the time you invoke setupcon
arguments. The keyboard configuration is specified in ~/.keyboard
. The font configuration is specified in
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
) for Greek. Create also alternative
configuration files for German named keyboard.german
. Then in order to configure the console for Greek
you will simply run the command with no arguments: setupcon
order to configure the console for German you will use
- -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.
- 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 required
files while the screen is controlled by a X server.
- -h, --help
- Display usage information.
- Specifies which configuration file to use. By default the
configuration files of setupcon are named console-setup and
keyboard but if you use e.g. chukchi as VARIANT then
the configuration files will be console-setup.chukchi and
keyboard.chukchi. In this way you can have easy access to several
different configurations - for example one for the Chukchi language and
another for the default configuration.