I'm Brazilian and new with Linux. I have the CentOS 6.5 with Gnome 2.28.2 running in a VirtualBox VM. I'm using it to PHP programming and I'm loving it. But I'm having a hard time to make accentuation.

I have a standard US International Keyboard (NOT an ABNT2 - no "cedil" key). In Windows, I choose the Brazilian Portuguese language and United States International Keyboard layout, and everything works fine. When I want to make a cedil, I just type the accent key ('), and then the C key. The same process to make accented chars, like A with tilde (~ then A).

I already tryied to search the Internet, without success... Every howto points me to ABNT2 keyboards (witch is the standard Brazilian Keyboard), but my Keyboard is the US-Intl.

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I face-off a similar problem, I am using CENTOS 7, with US Keyboard Layout, but any dead key (a.k.a. tildes, ñ, etc) didn't work, because there was no way to install or setup a US International Keyboard layout.

At google, I found this suggestion:

yum install system-config-keyboard

after that, I had available the system-config-keyboard and let me change the keyboard to US International.

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btw, all these with root.




Have you tried these steps (from this page)?

# vi /etc/sysconfig/keyboard
and change the KEYTABLE key using these values:


After that, just restart the machine.

# shutdown -r now
  • It works if my Keyboard is an ABNT2 model (with cedil key). But it's not... It's a US International Keyboard, without the cedil key. Aug 28, 2014 at 1:05
  • Ok, i've checked my /lib/kbd/keymaps/i386 folder, and it have a lot of key map files. I'm starting to think my "br-lation1-us.map.gz" file is identical to "br-abnt2.map.gz" file. There's a way I can check this? There's another place I can get a verified file for this purpose? Aug 28, 2014 at 1:13
  • You can view the contents of the files (and see that they are different) using zcat br-latin1-us.map.gz and zcat br-latin1-abnt2.map.gz. Aug 28, 2014 at 16:59
  • Ok, the files are different and the br-latin1-us seams to be correct... But the problem persists. I'm almost giving up and buying an ABNT2 keyboard. :-( But thanks for trying to help. Aug 28, 2014 at 19:37

You can sudo loadkeys br-latin1-abnt2 if you use virtual console(no GUI terminal) after login; or, if you use X11, setxkbmap br-latin1-abnt2.(GUI)

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