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Old 05-18-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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Environment variable containing the current keyboard layout


I have two keyboard layouts installed in my system and I need to determine in scripts which one I'm on. What the environment variable contains indicator of current keyboard layout?

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.4;
GNOME 2.22.3.
Old 05-19-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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Hi there!

If I remember correctly, keyboards are physically attached and thus belong to a specific hardware configuration.

In Fedora/RedHat you can find the configuration for the attached keyboard device in: /etc/sysconfig/keyboard

Once you log in to a remote system you'll be given a tty, tty's use a terminal emulationspecific
This emulation -so to speak- maps your physical keyboard keys into a 'virtual' key map generic for a certain terminal.
Terminal emulations are abundant, but usually refer to a standardized keyboard layout from a major OEM (from times long gone...)
The type of emulation for your current session can be found in the env variable called: TERM


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