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Customizing Keyboard Table for vMA (1007551)

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Customizing vMA for non-English environments requires some experience with Linux. This KB article explains how to change the keyboard table. For all other customization questions, view the Linux documentation.


You can change the time zone from the vMA Linux console, as follows:

1. Remove the existing localtime file.

# sudo rm /etc/localtime

2. Make a symbolic link for the time zone that you want to use. For example, for Tokyo time:

# sudo ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Tokyo /etc/localtime
You can change the keyboard table for vMA as follows:

1. From the vMA console, open the /etc/sysconfig/keyboard file in the vi editor.

# sudo vi /etc/sysconfig/keyboard
2. Using vi, change KEYTABLES=”us” to use the keyboard you have, for example:
KEYTABLES=<file>, where <file> is the name of a keytable file.
For example: KEYTABLES="us".
The files that can be used as keytables start in /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386 and branch into different keyboard layouts from there, all labeled <file>.kmap.gz. The first file found beneath /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386 that matches the KEYTABLES setting is used.


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