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I once had a Window$ OS that came with what they called "English with accents" (EA). I am used to the US keyboard (kb) layout. The EA feature, had the US kb layout. But there was a difference: you could press Meta+'`' (ascii 0x60) and the cursor did not advance. Now you wrote a letter. And the letter got accentuated.
So this is a question not of kb layout but of kb behavior: some keys, in combination with the Alt key, if Alt is the Meta key, do not make the cursor move. Any hint?
Thanks for the post. 'system-config-keyboard' at a console (VT) gets command not found. Then I did this: I booted with the slackware instalation disc and first thing I am asked for is to choose a keyboard map. There were about a hundred of them. I chose querty/us-acentos.map. Then it said: "OK, the <don't remember what> is loaded now. Type any key you want to test. Then type 1 to accept and go on". When I typed "'" or "`" the keyboard stoped to echo. I had to use then backspace. Finally I type '1' on a line by itself and finally exited the setup (I entered typing 'setup').
However, in a console, it's the same as before: no accents (acentos in Spanish means accents). Well, perhaps I should have going on with the rest of the steps in 'setup'. I don't know. I'll try again.
Perhaps for this 'setup' thing, I must use a Spanish or French keyboard. But that would not do for me, as some keys in those keyboards are arranged in a completely different way. Regards.
As you've seen, the console and Xorg manage their keyboards quite differently. Have a look in
and you can see what it does and (if necessary) alter it. The grave accent key defaults to a dead grave, so it won't display anything if you press it.
This file I have it in /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/us-acentos.map.gz
I gzip -dv it and part of it is this:
compose '`' 'A' to 'À'
compose '`' 'a' to 'à'
compose '\'' 'A' to 'Á'
compose '\'' 'a' to 'á'
compose '^' 'A' to 'Â'
compose '^' 'a' to 'â'
compose '~' 'A' to 'Ã'
compose '~' 'a' to 'ã'
compose '"' 'A' to 'Ä'
compose '"' 'a' to 'ä'
compose 'O' 'A' to 'Å'
What I don't know is if this map is installed. Seemingly it is not.
I downloaded system-config-keyboard-1.3.0.tar.gz. Then, I made [code]
$ make install
make: intltool-merge: Command not found
make: *** [system-config-keyboard.desktop] Error 127
All that system-config-keyboard does is edit a configuration file to insert the name of your default keyboard: you could do that yourself. And since it's a Red Hat tool, it may not even find the file on Slackware. As you've seen, Red Hat and Slackware put the console keyboard maps in completely different places!
I was looking for certain command, because I had seen, in LQ, mentioned certain command very similar to hexdump. So I did find /usr/bin -name "*dump*". And among the many names listed by 'find', I set my eyes in a dumpkeys name.
It happens that there are the following commands in Slackware 12.0: loadkeys, dumpkeys, showkey and keymaps. Using these commands is the answer to issue being ventilated here. But I must study the manuals. Regards.