/usr/sbin/keytab-lilo [-p R old_code = new_code ] ... [default_layout] kbd_layout


keytab-lilo is a program which compiles keytable definitions (in the format specified in keytables(5)) into a format which can be used by lilo(8) to set the keyboard type when booting [using the keytable parameter in /etc/lilo.conf].

kbd_layout should be the name of a map file which specifies the desired keyboard layout. This file may be a gzip(1) compressed map. If no file extension is given, .map.gz is assumed. If the full pathname is not specified, /usr/share/keymaps/ is assumed.

Since lilo essentially needs to know the differences between the BIOS keyboard mapping and the one you require, the default_layout file should contain a keytables(5) file for the BIOS default mapping. If no default_layout file is specified, is used.

keytab-lilo writes the output translation table as a binary string to standard output, so you should redirect it to a suitable file. lilo has no particular restrictions on the name of keyboard translation files, but the suggested naming convention and location is /boot/mapping.ktl (where .ktl stands for "Keyboard Table for Lilo").



R old_code = new_code

Specifies corrections ("patches") to the mapping obtained from the translation table files. E.g. if pressing the upper case "A" should yield an at sign, -p 65=64 would be used. The -p option can be repeated any number of times. The codes can also be given as hexadecimal or as octal numbers if they are prefixed with 0x or 0, respectively.


keytab-lilo dvorak >/boot/dvorak.ktl

This is the most common form of invocation; it simply compiles the given map file (in this case dvorak) and puts the result in /boot/dvorak.ktl.


Werner Almesberger ([email protected]).

Peter Maydell ([email protected]) wrote this manual page.

RELATED TO keytab-lilo…

lilo(8), keytables(5), gzip(1)

lilo comes with extensive documentation which can be found in /usr/share/doc/lilo-doc/ on Debian-based systems.