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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dumpkeys - dump keyboard translation tables

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       dumpkeys  [  -hilfn1  -Sshape -ccharset --help --short-info --long-info
       --numeric  --full-table	--separate-lines  --shape=shape   --funcs-only
       --keys-only --compose-only --charset=charset ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       dumpkeys  writes,  to  the standard output, the current contents of the
       keyboard driver's  translation  tables,	in  the  format  specified  by

       Using  the  various options, the format of the output can be controlled
       and also other information from the kernel and the programs dumpkeys(1)
       and loadkeys(1) can be obtained.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       -h --help
	      Prints the program's version number and a short usage message to
	      the program's standard error output and exits.

       -i --short-info
	      Prints some characteristics of the kernel's keyboard driver. The
	      items shown are:

	      Keycode range supported by the kernel:

		     This tells what values can be used after the keycode keyword
 in keymap files. See keymaps(5) for more information
		     and the syntax of these files.

	      Number of actions bindable to a key:

		     This  tells  how  many different actions a single key can
		     output using various modifier keys. If the  value	is  16
		     for example, you can define up to 16 different actions to
		     a key combined with modifiers. When the value is 16,  the
		     kernel probably knows about four modifier keys, which you
		     can press in  different  combinations  with  the  key  to
		     access all the bound actions.

	      Ranges of action codes supported by the kernel:

		     This  item contains a list of action code ranges in hexadecimal
 notation.	These are the values that can be  used
		     in  the right hand side of a key definition, ie. the vv's
		     in a line

			    keycode xx = vv vv vv vv

		     (see keymaps(5) for more information about the format  of
		     key  definition lines).  dumpkeys(1) and loadkeys(1) support
 a symbolic notation,	which  is  preferable  to  the
		     numeric  one, as the action codes may vary from kernel to
		     kernel while the symbolic names usually remain the  same.
		     However,  the  list  of action code ranges can be used to
		     determine, if the kernel actually supports all  the  symbols
  loadkeys(1)	knows, or are there maybe some actions
		     supported by the kernel that have	no  symbolic  name  in
		     your  loadkeys(1)	program.  To see this, you compare the
		     range list  with  the  action  symbol  list,  see	option
		     --long-info below.

	      Number of function keys supported by kernel:

		     This tells the number of action codes that can be used to
		     output strings of characters. These action codes are traditionally
 bound to the various function and editing keys
		     of the keyboard and are defined to send  standard	escape
		     sequences. However, you can redefine these to send common
		     command lines, email  addresses  or  whatever  you  like.
		     Especially if the number of this item is greater than the
		     number of function and editing keys in your keyboard, you
		     may  have	some "spare" action codes that you can bind to
		     AltGr-letter combinations, for example, to send some useful
 strings. See loadkeys(1) for more details.

	      Function strings:

		     You can see you current function key definitions with the


       -l --long-info
	      This option instructs dumpkeys to print a long information listing.
  The  output  is the same as with the --short-info appended
	      with the list of action symbols  supported  by  loadkeys(1)  and
	      dumpkeys(1), along with the symbols' numeric values.

       -n --numeric
	      This  option causes dumpkeys to by-pass the conversion of action
	      code values to symbolic notation and to print the in hexadecimal
	      format instead.

       -f --full-table
	      This  makes  dumpkeys  skip  all	the short-hand heuristics (see
	      keymaps(5)) and output the key bindings in the  canonical  form.
	      First  a	keymaps line describing the currently defined modifier
	      combinations is printed. Then for each key a row with  a	column
	      for  each  modifier  combination is printed. For example, if the
	      current keymap in use uses seven modifiers, every row will  have
	      seven action code columns. This format can be useful for example
	      to programs that post-process the output of dumpkeys.

       -1 --separate-lines
	      This forces dumpkeys to write one  line  per  (modifier,keycode)
	      pair.  It prefixes the word plain for plain keycodes.

       -S --shape=shape
	      Tells dumpkeys to use the specified table shape.	Allowed shapes
	      are 0: default  shape  (same  as	no  -S);  1:  same  as	option
	      --full-table; 2: same as option --separate-lines; 3: display one
	      line per keycode (as in shape 1),
	       until first hole is met, then use one line  per	(modifier,keycode)
 pair (as in shape 2).

	      When this option is given, dumpkeys prints only the function key
	      string definitions. Normally dumpkeys prints both the key  bindings
 and the string definitions.

	      When  this  option  is given, dumpkeys prints only the key bindings.
 Normally dumpkeys prints both the  key  bindings  and  the
	      string definitions.

	      When  this option is given, dumpkeys prints only the compose key
	      combinations.  This option is available only if your kernel  has
	      compose key support.

       -ccharset --charset=charset
	      This  instructs  dumpkeys  to  interpret	character  code values
	      according to the specified character set. This affects only  the
	      translation  of  character  code values to symbolic names. Valid
	      values for charset are  listed  by  the  --help  option.	If  no
	      charset  is  specified,  iso-8859-1  is  used as a default. This
	      option produces an output line `charset  "iso-8859-X"',  telling
	      loadkeys	how  to interpret the keymap. (For example, "division"
	      is 0xf7 in iso-8859-1 but 0xba in iso-8859-8).

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       /usr/share/keymaps/ recommended directory for keymap files

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       loadkeys(1), keymaps(5).

Console tools			  09 Oct 1997			   DUMPKEYS(1)
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