Note: forked of this per recommendation here.

While I got the X keyboard layout right on my own after I fixed that stupid typo, I still can't set the console charset, key map, font map, or whatever you want to call it; even considering all [info] [on] the Arch wiki.

For example, if I click the key for Ç (c cedilla), I get a damn Ä (majuscule A with a trema), Tab completion also gives this wrong non ASCII character on a TTY.

I know the keyboard is right, if I pipe correct UTF-8 characters to a TTY, I get them wrong, and if I do it the other way around, they become right (say, to /dev/pts/0).

I heard the console only has support for 128 (or is it 256?) characters at a time, but those can be set. I tried setting FONT_MAP on /etc/vconsole.conf, with no results. The file is now:


I think would solve the problem are those MAP variables. The worst is that these variables are poorly documented, both in the Arch Wiki, and in the vconsole.conf manual pages:

    Configures the console font, the console map and the unicode font map.

How can I set them?

Regarding other methods, I'm a bit confused of how I can apply what is in some of the more advanced articles. So far, I have simply copied /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/pt-latin9.map.gz to /usr/local/share/kbd/keymaps/, gunziped it, and read it while scratching my head.

I'm sorry, even though I've had this problem since I have Arch as my system, this is to hard for me to find the solution on my own; so I hope you can help me.

  • Please don't use greetings such as "good evening". When people later read this it won't make much sense. 8-). Though in looking at your logo I finally realized that I recognized it and I think we had this conversation before. So if you feel so inclined, do so, I seem to remember you mentioning it as a cultural thing (perhaps?). But don't get upset if they are later removed. It's a common practice to remove salutations and/or greetings and thanks on SE sites. – slm Jan 26 '14 at 21:30
  • When you say TTY & console do you mean the terminal consoles accessible when you use the key combo Ctrl + Alt + F2, etc., or do you mean the pseudo terminal within say gnome-terminal? – slm Jan 26 '14 at 21:35
  • @slm, I don't usually get upset, and never rollback, unless it's the only thing a user does, just to collect rep (which is not your case, you are 2k+ and gave a good reason, indeed it is an odd greeting :S; I'll refrain from using it). And yes, I'm that guy :) Enough of these matters, I stress TTY (instead of always saying console) because I mean the real terminal, not an emulator, sorry if it is confusing. Should I add a note about that in this question? – JMCF125 Jan 26 '14 at 21:59
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    In the comments should be enough for now. – slm Jan 26 '14 at 22:35

it seems your console is not set to unicode.

what is the ouput of stty? it should say "iutf8"; if not, try running on console stty iutf8 and see if that solves your problem (you may need to reload the font after setting the terminal)

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