Here is what I get when executing localectl status:

$ localectl status
   System Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8
       VC Keymap: us-acentos
      X11 Layout: us
       X11 Model: pc104
     X11 Variant: us-intl

What is the VC Keymap? What is the difference between that and the X11 Variant?

  • It’s the keymap for the virtual console, hence VC. See vconsole.conf(5). – phg Jul 15 '16 at 11:53

The VC is the virtual console which is also known as a virtual terminal VT. It is the full screen tty you might see before X11 launches. It has its own keymap architecture but systemd has merged the setting of X11 and VT keymaps into one command "for convenience".

See commands like chvt, openvt, loadkeys and man 4 console.

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