How to change keyboard layout in CentOS Linux

Today I ran into the problem of installing a virtual machine that has a french keyboard layout.  I have a US keyboard so it’s clear that I needed to change. Here’s how to do it from console.

  1. Open the keyboard file for editing
    vi /etc/sysconfig/keyboard

    You will see something like this:
    HTCKLICL_1

  2. Change KEYTABLE and LAYOUT from “fr” to “us”
    HTCKLICL_2
  3. Save it and reboot

Sources

  • http://www.metod.si/change-keyboard-layout-in-centos-in-console/
  • https://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/5.1/Deployment_Guide/s2-sysconfig-kybd.html

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