When running X I use a .xmodmaprc to remap certain keys thusly:
! Make it so that both Caps Lock and Escape do Escape clear Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape ! Remap the menu key as Compose keysym Menu = Multi_key
How can I accomplish the same things on the console?
In addition to the partial solution given in my answer, I've learned that the console maps CTRL-
. to Compose. So I may be able to get used to that. Setting up the Menu key as Compose is not so easily done, as there are a ton of nul-assigned keycodes and no obvious contender for an alternate name for Menu.
I've also realized that the compose bindings themselves are much more limited than what I'm used to under X, and that most of the special characters I use frequently are not there. Perhaps there is a utility that will translate X-syntax compose bindings into something that
loadkeys can read?