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       kbd_mode - report or set the keyboard mode


       kbd_mode [ -auks ]


       Without  argument,  kbd_mode  prints  the  current  keyboard mode. With
       argument, it sets the keyboard mode as indicated:

              -s: scancode mode (RAW),

              -k: keycode mode (MEDIUMRAW),

              -a: ASCII mode (XLATE),

              -u: UTF-8 mode (UNICODE).

       The XLATE mode is the traditional one, where the codes used can be  any
       8-bit  character  set.  Is  is usually expected that this character set
       matches the one used later to translate them internally  into  Unicode,
       after  they  are  sent  to  the  screen  to be displayed, using the map
       selected by consolechars -m.

       In UNICODE mode, 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.

       WARNING:  changing  the  keyboard  mode,  other  than between ASCII and
       Unicode, will probably make your keyboard unusable.  This  command  can
       also  be  useful  (say  via  remote  login) when some program left your
       keyboard in the wrong state, to get the keyboard  back  into  XLATE  or
       UNICODE mode.

       Note that in some obsolete versions of this program the -u option was a
       synonym for -s.


       loadkeys(1), consolechars(8).