What is console-setup?

Rashkae ubuntu at tigershaunt.com
Wed Jan 14 18:00:13 UTC 2009

jerry wrote:
> I just got an update notification today and it installed console-setup. 
> Here is part of apt-cache show console-setup;
> Description: Set up the font and the keyboard on the console
>  The package provides the Linux console with the same versatile
>  keyboard configuration that the X Window System uses.  As a result
>  there is no need to duplicate or change the keyboard files just to
>  make simple customisations such as the use of dead keys, the key
>  functioning as AltGr or Compose key, the key(s) to switch between
>  Latin and non-Latin mode, etc.
>  .
>  The package also contains console fonts supporting many of the
>  world's languages.  It provides an unified set of font faces - the
>  classic VGA, the simplistic Fixed, and the cleaned Terminus,
>  TerminusBold and TerminusBoldVGA.
> It sounds like something I would like to try but I cannot find out how 
> to run it. I tried in a terminal and it says command not found. I did 
> find directories named /etc/console-setup and /usr/share/console-setup, 
> but no executable.
> Any info appreciated.
> Jerry

The executable is 'setupcon'.

The script that Ubuntu runs on boot is /etc/init.d/keyboard-setup

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