KBD(4)KBD(4)NAMEkbd - Keyboard input driver
DESCRIPTIONkbd is an Xorg input driver for keyboards. The driver supports the
standard OS-provided keyboard interface, but these are currently only
available to this driver module for Linux, BSD, and Solaris. This
driver is the replacement for the built-in keyboard driver formerly
included in Xorg.
The kbd driver functions as a keyboard input device.
Depending on the X server version in use, input device options may be
set in either a xorg.conf file, an xorg.conf.d snippet, or in the con‐
figuration files read by the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) daemon,
Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration details and for
options that can be used with all input drivers. This section only
covers configuration details specific to this driver.
The following driver Options are supported:
Option "Device" "string"
Specify the keyboard device. Default: the OS's default console
keyboard input source. Property: "Device Node" (read-only).
Option "Protocol" "string"
Specify the keyboard protocol. Valid protocol types include:
Not all protocols are supported on all platforms. Default:
Option "XLeds" "ledlist"
makes the keyboard LEDs specified in ledlist available for
client use instead of their traditional function (Scroll Lock,
Caps Lock and Num Lock). The numbers in the list are in the
range 1 to 3. Default: empty list.
Option "XkbRules" "rules"
specifies which XKB rules file to use for interpreting the Xkb‐
Model, XkbLayout, XkbVariant, and XkbOptions settings. Default:
"base" for most platforms. If you use the "base" value then you
can find listing of all valid values for these four options in
the /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst file.
Option "XkbModel" "modelname"
specifies the XKB keyboard model name. Default: "pc105" for
Option "XkbLayout" "layoutname"
specifies the XKB keyboard layout name. This is usually the
country or language type of the keyboard. Default: "us" for
Option "XkbVariant" "variants"
specifies the XKB keyboard variant components. These can be
used to enhance the keyboard layout details. Default: not set.
Option "XkbOptions" "options"
specifies the XKB keyboard option components. These can be used
to enhance the keyboard behaviour. Default: not set.
For a list of available XKB options, see xkeyboard-config(7).
The following xorg.conf fragment ensures that user will be able to
switch between us and sk layouts by pressing the "menu" key. The scroll
lock LED shows which layout is currently active.
The XkbVariant option defines which variants of the two layouts should
be used. In case of the us layout its default variant is used. In case
of the sk layout its qwerty variant is used.
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "base"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us,sk"
Option "XkbVariant" ",qwerty"
Option "XkbOptions" "grp:menu_toggle,grp_led:scroll"
SEE ALSOXorg(1), xorg.conf(5), Xserver(1), X(7).
hal(7), hald(8), fdi(5).
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