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I have installed Arch Linux with LUKS on a btrfs file system.

When logging in, I can't mount my filesystem on /dev/sda2 because the keyboard is US (I need a French key map).

I try change /etc/vconsole.conf to FR and generate locale-gen but the keyboard don't change in next boot.

  • Or you could make use of LUKS supporting up to 8 keys, to add your passphrase in US layout as well so it will be accepted either way. – frostschutz Feb 3 '17 at 20:39
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Your /etc/mkinitcpio.conf needs to look like this:

HOOKS="... keyboard keymap encrypt..."

You need to load the keymap during boot, which is done by an mkinitcpio hook. Make sure that the keymap or sd-vconsole hook (depending on whether you use sd-* style hooks) occurs before encrypt/sd-encrypt and regenerate your initrd.

  • I added keymap before encrypt on the file /etc/mkinitcpio.conf and I have generate initrd. After adding keymap at startup the keyboard does not work. And now I can't start in my system – Micael André Feb 4 '17 at 9:02
  • I mount encrypt partitions on archiso And I added on mkinitcpio.conf --> HOOKS: "... keyboard keymap encrypt ..." and regenerate. Thanks for you help – Micael André Feb 4 '17 at 9:56
  • Great solution, works perfectly. The keymap is sourced from /etc/vconsole.conf, in case anyone is wondering. – Yohaï-Eliel Berreby Jul 20 '17 at 20:12
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    Note, you must regenerate the initrd after configuring /etc/vconsole.conf. – caseyWebb Dec 4 '18 at 21:55
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I use luks encryption for home and root files. If it can help some guys

vim /etc/vconsole.conf

Add this

KEYMAP=fr-latin9

and also check this

vim /etc/mkinitcpio.conf

It MUST be in the good order

HOOKS=(base udev autodetect keyboard keymap consolefont modconf block encrypt lvm2 filesystems fsck)

Regenerate initrd

mkinitcpio -P

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