reconfigure keyboard

Phil Dobbin bukowskiscat at
Fri Oct 18 14:40:29 UTC 2013

On 18/10/13 15:20, Phil Dobbin wrote:
> On 18/10/13 13:47, Colin Law wrote:
>> On 18 October 2013 13:14, Phil Dobbin <bukowskiscat at> wrote:
>>> On 18/10/13 11:48, Paul Cartwright wrote:
>>>> On 10/18/2013 06:26 AM, Phil Dobbin wrote:
>>>>> What's the best way to reset the keyboard back to where it was
>>>>> previously (qwerty UK English).
>>>>> Any help appreciated.
>>>> have you tried System-Preferences-Keyboard??
>>> Yep. As far as I can see there's nothing in there that alters anything
>>> pertaining to this particular problem. It must be something to do with
>>> termcap info.
>> In System Settings > Keyboard > Typing there is a link Layout
>> Settings.  That will have (I think) the available keyboard layouts.
>> Perhaps the wrong one has been selected.  You should see English (UK)
>> as one of the options.
> Hi, Colin.
> It is set to English UK.
> it looks as though the route to choose is either 'sudo 
> dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration' or edit 
> '/etc/default/keyboard' by hand according to the Debian docs.
> I'll try both if necessary & report back.
'sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration' did the trick.

It was set for 105 key generic keyboard whereas the one I'm using on 
this particular machine is 102 (I know: I counted 'em).

Now off to sort the display on Nagios that the upgrade also hosed. I've 
a feeling this one may prove a little less trivial.

Thanks everybody,



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